Locative Lab

researching locative media

senseable city of New York


an exhibition about the global exchange of information in real time by visualizing volumes of long distance telephone & IP (Internet Protocol) data flowing between New York & cities around the world. NYTE, short for New York Talk Exchange, reveals the relationships that New Yorkers have with the rest of the world, by asking: How does the city of New York connect to other cities? With which cities does New York have the strongest ties and how do these relationships shift with time?

globe encounters visualizes in real time the volumes of Internet data flowing between New York & other cities around the world. the size of the glow on a particular city location corresponds to the relative amount of IP traffic.

pulse of the planet illustrates the volume of international calls between New York City & 255 countries over the 24 hours in a day. areas of the world receiving & making fewer phone calls shrink while areas experiencing a greater amount of voice call activity expand.

the world inside new york shows how different neighborhoods reach out to the rest of the world via the AT&T telephone network. the widths of the color bars represent the proportion of world regions in contact with each neighborhood.

this work, accomplished with the support of the now extinct Yahoo Design Innovation Team will open at MoMa, New York, on February 24th.

[link: mit.edu|thnkx Marc]

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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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