Photo credit: Windell H. Oskay,
on creative engineering and new media art

The Legible City (1989-1991)

February 19th, 2008

The Legible City

Interactive installation by Jeffrey Shaw. In 1989-1991 he made three versions of three cities (Manhattan, Amsterdam, Karlsruhe)

In Legible City the visitor is seated on a stationary training bicycle in front of a 3d “city” comprised entirely of text. Using the pedals and handle of the bike the visitor can navigate the (virtual) city. There are also different audio clips that get played if the visitor follows certain tracks – a narrative dimension to this piece that seems to have been largely forgotten by the impact of the mixed (virtual/physical) reality interface.

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