in relative space
We usually consider space as being structured by absolute units. A meter
is considered to have a constant length regardless of its position in
space. However, in our daily life we often use units that are relative
in nature: we measure space in minutes, costs or memories.
Wegzeit is a project about Los Angeles and how it is transformed when
brought to relative space. Asking someone in L.A. about the distance between
two locations usually prompts a response in minutes. It seems paradoxical
that people rely on subjective parameters for their spatial decisions
in a city with a largely regular, cartesian layout. But especially here,
where the influences of physical space are leveled by this regularity,
the importance of subjective, relative spaces become visible more strongly.
The project consists of six dynamic virtual environments that propose
models of how to visualize three-dimensional relative spaces. They deal
with certain properties and effects caused by the nature of relative space
such as the asymmetry of temporal distances.
'besenbahn', music: auinger/strobl .mp4