10.000 moving cities – same but different, VR
  • Marc Lee
  • Antonio Kleber Zea Cobo
  • Florian Faion
  • Jesús Muñoz Morcillo

The project

10.000 Moving Cities – Same but Different deals with urbanization and globalization in the digital age. The user moves through visual worlds posted publicly by others on social networks such as YouTube, Flickr or Twitter. Here these personal impressions are streamed in real time like windows to our changing world. The viewer participates in the social movements of our time and makes a virtual journey into a constantly new image and sound collages in which one experiences local, cultural and linguistic differences and similarities. In virtual space, this information is visualized on cubes that rise at different heights to become a kind of skyline. The work deals with how our cities are continuously changing and increasingly resemble one. This results in more and more non-places/places of lost places in the sense of Marc Augé’s book and essay Non-Places, which could exist all over the world without any true local identity (mostly anonymous transition zones such as motorways, hotel rooms or airports).

Credits: Marc Lee in collaboration with the Intelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems Laboratory (ISAS) and the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. The telepresence system used is a result of the interdisciplinary project e-Installation for the virtualization of media art.

The artists

Marc Lee is a Swiss media artist. He is creating network-oriented interactive art projects, interactive installations, media and net art since 1999. He is experimenting with information and communication technologies and within his contemporary art practice, he reflects creative, cultural, social, economic and political aspects. His works are exhibited in major Museums and new media art exhibitions including: ZKM Karlsruhe, New Museum New York, Transmediale Berlin, Ars Electronica Linz, MoMA Shanghai, ICC Tokyo and MMCA Seoul.

Antonio Kleber Zea Cobo is a German Research Assistant at the Institut for Anthropomatik and Robotik (IAR), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Florian Faion is a German Research Assistant at the Intelligent SensorActuator-Systems Lab, Department of Computer Science, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Jesús Muñoz Morcillo is a German Researcher at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology · Center for Cultural and General Studies (ZAK)