Macro Micro Structures

An installation developed together with designer Clarissa Keck that used analogue photography to document identical, private spaces such as government housing flats and community garden plots in London. We visualised these by building an emergent “city” that showed the micro spaces described in the photos growing out of a larger, macro structure.

Macro-micro structures is an installation that visualizes elements of a lateral city model translated into 3D electronic space. Two different pressure pads in front of a projection space allow participants to either grow the city larger or visit locations in the structure. The piece explores the tension between macro- and micro- structures in urban environments; the micro scale, symbolized by privacy and individuality, is captured by analogue photography of urban apartment block interiors and community garden plots, documenting individual spaces which arrange and cluster within the cellular urban structure. The macro is represented by digital algorithms which create a complex achitectural struture within which the photographs are embedded. Code and user interaction are responsible for a self-organizing emergent structure. At a certain level of growth the structure reaches a critical threshold at the ‘edge of chaos’, echoing the urban core reaching a critical mass of architectural entities. Consequently the domestic entities start to reposition within the clusters, whilst simultaneously cells start to sprawl outward.

More details on Clarissa’s site here

Macro View

Micro View

The perception of a city is one of order. However beneath the surface there is chaos, blurring the boundaries between public and private spaces.

Macro-micro structures is an installation that visualizes elements of a lateral city model translated into 3D electronic space. Two different pressure pads in front of a projection space allow participants to either grow the city larger or visit locations in the structure. The piece explores the tension between macro- and micro- structures in urban environments; the micro scale, symbolized by privacy and individuality, is captured by analogue photography of urban apartment block interiors and community garden plots, documenting individual spaces which arrange and cluster within the cellular urban structure. The macro is represented by digital algorithms which create a complex achitectural struture within which the photographs are embedded. Code and user interaction are responsible for a self-organizing emergent structure. At a certain level of growth the structure reaches a critical threshold at the ‘edge of chaos’, echoing the urban core reaching a critical mass of architectural entities. Consequently the domestic entities start to reposition within the clusters, whilst simultaneously cells start to sprawl outward.