walkscreen installation that lends its name to the group of artists
turns the viewer into an active visitor and explorer of cities.
The visitors can immerse themselves in the structures
of the city as the displayed photographs change according to the
visitors' arm movements. With a simple gesture, visitors change
the perspective of the computer-animated city in front of them.
They control the images; are part of the images; and, ultimately,
part of the city. Illusion melts into reality. Ruthe Zuntz and Micheal
Reitz photographed Neukölln, an area of Berlin comparable to
New York's Bronx. They photographed shops closed down because they
could not generate sufficient turnover in the area. The empty shopfronts
and the streets they face create a sense of desertion and loneliness.
This installation focuses on structures and the
absence of people, another aspect of the urban landscape. Thousands
of photographs form the basis for a computer-animated rendition
of the quarter's blocks. Four bundled sensors placed overhead gather
every movement of the visitors' arms and send the information to
the computer that controls the animated display.