09 February 2011

Now you see it, now you...


One of my courses for this semester "Activating the Mundane," a research seminar with Berkeley professor Walter Hood that looks at urban objects commonly overlooked by designers (i.e. mailboxes, parking meters, etc.) and reimagines their role in cities.

Street artist Cayetano Ferrer called attention to some of these objects in his City of Chicago project by dematerializing them, using photo stickers and other methods to render them transparent.  Somehow it's in the virtual disappearance of these signs and objects with a heightened awareness of their existence.