The core of what the street really is is determined by the interactions made by users between themselves and the street. They make purposeful decisions or they lean more towards intuition, they get lead by emotions while making more or less conscious decisions, and they make them either everyday or entirely by coincidence. But they also make very precise, short- or long-lasting, interferences into the space that are designer after some research – analytics, diagnosis of materials (pre-existing ones or those made at hoc), creating plans and designs, which do not always have a goal to change the street tectonics, but sometimes only the way we view them.
During four meeting with artists, researchers and animators we will trace what kind of street data, no matter real ones or those imagined as perfect, can we collect and process into languages: either subjectively artistic and visual or objectively statistical and designed.
Starting point for the art and development scene will be made by works of multimedia artists Małgorzata Łuczyna and Jacek Złoczowski that experiment on the new way of recording the streets and all the objects that are within them. This project is very non objective and it’s based on: physical and psycho-social customs that human body has; geotag and digital video recording. In his neurodérive work Złoczowski clearly refers to psychogeography and drift technique – he’s offering its new versions, upgraded by modern technologies. He shows that individual stories and motivations sums up into the image of modern city high road. But they also have an impact on how we read that high road – do we consider it as busy or rather calm, safe or alarming, attractive or alienating? He’s expanding it by the brainwaves registration and geotag that lets us read the regularities of users isolated from the traffic. Together with Małogorzata Łuczyna in the work memorymorph they use the morphing procedure (letting for smooth change of one shape into another) for experimenting with overlapping images of the same object that come from different eras (3D models, plans and technical drawings). Morfing that comes from such actions is doomed to fail – as a result we obtain glitch image of something that could never exist in reality. It all leads us into discussion on how the attempts, mainly very unsuccessful, of integrating or sometimes even sticking together space along a street, come out to differ in the terms of style or era.
Meeting and discussions with the street research theorists and practitioners will let us see an interdisciplinary view on significant parts of Wrocław and Katowice. Magdalena Chmiel from Medialab Katowice, who worked on the Kościuszki and Korfantego streets (Katowice), will present her research tactics. All of them were based on hard data (gathered without latchkey and people’s involvement) and thanks to that they lead to creating visualization, animations and city plans that are very attractive to citizens and tourists. Michał Dębek, who worked on changing the image of two streets in Wrocław (Świdnicka and Piłsudskiego Streets), will confront this interdisciplinary attitude with pros and cons that come with it. He will also give us a quick review on the international success of the analysis and projects one Piłsudzkiego Street modernisation. Magdalena Śliwińska and Piotr Szymański will present how bike sharing and analysis of communications routes used by citizens led them into creating the catalogue of unusual activities, traffic models and everyday routine connected with it. Months of research made on a very narrow group let them gather huge date on the subject of street and its grid. It all can be used in the future while planning new communication routes (and their roles) or for the behaviour analysis of Wrocław citizens.
Those meetings will be a great opportunity for us to deeper the reflection on the role of a street in the city, the ways that we view it and on the potencial that comes with different forms of analysis.
Wednesday, September 26th
5.30PM-8PM TIFF CENTER
STREETdata: Opening – opening of the art and research scene of MIASTOmovie 6 that was created based on the works of multimedia artists – Małgorzata Łuczyna and Jacek Złoczowski. Main inspiration between STREETdata is objective data isolated from streets users behaviour. Data that is too objective to become a real description of city life but at the same time it asks the questions and offers the answers on how to we really experience the street.
Tuesday, September 27th
Subjective street: psychogeographic – meeting with Małgorzata Łuczyna and Jacek Złoczowski, the authors of installations that inspired the entire STREETdata section of the festival. We will discussion on the new, non objective way of space recording.
Friday, September 28th
Street unknown – meeting with Magdalena Chmiel from Medialab Katowice, presentation of her research tactics and its effects (database – gathered without latchkey and peoples involvement, exhibitions, games and city guides). All referring to her research on Kościuszki Street in Katowice.
Saturday, September 29th
Street examined and visualized – meeting with Michał Dębek and presentations of his interdisciplinary research work on the subject of Piłsudskiego and Świdnicka Streets that were connected with the design of new ready-to-apply solutions. It will be a story of methods and tools, research group and subjects and finally on how to design and apply solutions.
Sunday, September 30th
Street co-shared – presentation of Piotr Szymański and Magda Śliwińska research on bike sharing in Wrocław. We will discuss on how months of research let them gather huge date on the subject of street and its grid and how it can be used in the future while planning new communication routes (and their roles) or for the behaviour analysis of Wrocław citizens.