Scat(tered) 2.0 by Seokhwan Cheon

Project Description

A city consists of tremendous elements (visible and invisible or tangible and intangible). According to Lynch?s most famous work, The Image of the City, people understand their surroundings with five elements (paths, edges, districts, nodes, landmarks). In the meantime, Mumford illustrates a city as an organic relationship between people and their living spaces where the five elements are laid. From this point of view, a few years ago, I have been interested in urban objects such as post boxes and telephone booths in urban environments. I embodied the thinking in several art projects about urban environments. After that, I have been thinking about embodiment of a city in the aesthetic aspect until now.

Scat(tered) 2.0 is a multimedia installation project that reflects elements such as human beings, streets, buildings, vehicles, noise, and vibration in urban environments. Scat(tered) 2.0 digitally disassembles and analyzes urban elements at certain spot of New York Hall of Science. Then Scat(tered) 2.0 represents an aesthetic aspect of New York Hall of Science. This looks as if environmental monitoring of New York Hall of Science. However, it is close to an orchestra that makes the harmony of New York Hall of Science.

Scat(tered) 2.0 senses the real-time, urban features from scattered sensors at each node. When, for example, the sensors detect the event being monitored (heat, pressure, sound, light, electro-magnetic field, vibration, etc), the event data are reported to the base station. Then Scat(tered) 2.0 makes visualization and generates sound using gathered data through a wireless sensor network (WSN).