Yannick Brower, Yin Zhou, Jing Wang, Jiaqing Yang
In the past, families lived closely together, relationships were mostly in and around the house and therefore people had a connection with their direct environment. With the growing amount of people in China, the global trend of urbanisation also took place in China. Around 700 million people in China are now living in an urban environment. Cities have become the centre of work and living. A lot of people move to the city to earn money for their families. They live in small and expensive rooms somewhere in a skyscraper, isolated and far from their families. Although a lot of people are living together they do not longer have a connection with the people and environment around them.
The projected dots on the floor in our installation, represent the people living together within a skyscraper. It is an open installation where people together can add visual wires on the floor. We want to visualise the positive effects of human contact in urban environments in an abstract way. Over time this colourful network creates an artwork that brightens up, and personalizes the public space.
As context we would like to place our installation in the entrance/lobby of one of Taicang’s skyscrapers. This is the place where it can catch the attention of all visitors of the skyscraper.
On every dot in the grid, a conductive pole is placed. The distance between these poles is bigger than the arm width of a single person, therefore you need at least two people to connect two poles/dots. Every time people cooperated to connect two poles, a visual wire will appear on the floor. The network of wires shows the cooperation within the skyscraper, it’s an easy conversation starter and it brightens up the often dull and equal looking entrances of these skyscrapers.