Code: (15.w.CRO)


Title: ChronoPolis in streaming


/// Authors: Alberto Gómez + JARD

/// Year: 2015

/// Prmtrs: Noise   Media   Error   Big data        Coding Automatic       Weeks   No      (i) Legal       Commons         Visibilise      Control Collaborative   Exposed


# More than 4.200.000 CCTVs eyes in the UK are steadily streaming 24/7 from public spaces in real time. Its petabytes of information are visualized only in private settings while being extracted from the common sphere. The increasing streamization of cities by public and private agencies, mutates its antique relation within control, surveillance or recognition by evaporating the distance of the equation, observer and observed are only connected through time, for being at the same time during the transmission of the signal.


The team has hacked CCTVs and streaming webcams along four continents Asia, America, Europe and Oceania- and in more than fifteen major cities such as London, Madrid, Tokyo, New York or Sydney, Rome and Bangkok. The team has placed entry points within their public spaces QR codes- throughout six different times zones and when any citizen scans them, the hacked CCTVs start live streaming from those locations inside the gallery. At the same time that they scan the nodes, they will receive an invoice information.




>>> As a project, the intervention establishes a php web server that react to citizens wishes to export urban realities to the gallery. For now, the users of the public space are empowered to manipulate the surveillance infrastructure in order not to communicate with written texts SMS or whatsapp– but with live streaming realities. Just as the first activist that re-appropriated this technology, the new interactions will helps us understand notions of communality, conviviality, chronouses or mere urban planning and built environments. What does it mean that the citizen can not only send information but its urban context? Can cities and public spaces be transmitted?


>>> As a research, all the footage of the CCTVs during the exhibition will be recorded and the displaying of the project in three different screens according to time matching will enable us to compare different chronopolitics of public spaces across the world simultaneously. We will experiment about the blurring of private and public environments, the observer that does not choose what to observe and the observed that sends visuals, notions of exteriority and interiority or other dichotomies that have ruled over the practice of architects during decades.


>>> As a narrative, we will be able to sit down and watch the movie of the big metropolis articulated by its inhabitants. A story of fragments, layers and a patchwork of urban realities only linked through the witnessing of the same event in time but not in space.


>>> As an architecture, it is a displayed window that can be executed as an interactive surface where mutation of the architectonic elements could be performed. In opposition of the dystopian views such as Black Mirror, Avatar or Gamer where what is projected is poor informational and malleable content, the proposal acts amid the relation of the data of urban realities uchonias– versus the brain dissolver junk TV dystopia- information.


>>> As a technology, streaming deals with the distribution of multimedia through a network of computers where the product is consumed at the same time that is being produced. ChronoPolis is a way to act in urban environments through time variables, in this case, by using streaming technology to set out temporal differences and asymmetries in public spaces across the globe, returning the power over this infrastructure to its inhabitants.


Ultimately, every streaming implies some kind of lag on its transmission but since the Nipplegate Janet Jackson´s breast boost on the Super Bowl-, the only infrastructure that broadcast with less than one second of difference are CCTVs. Television and news agencies have imposed themselves a mandatory five minute delay on every transmission in order to be able to mediate the context between what happened and what is told, by delaying time they use tempo as a tool for controlling information. Today, CCTVs are the last resource for acquiring real time visual information within urban environments and our plan is to bring it back to the common sphere.