This project is a series of fictionalized, miniaturized accident scenes that are discovered, constructed and plotted on a map by the acute pedestrian.
This project is a series of fictionalized, miniaturized accident scenes that are discovered, constructed and plotted on a map by the acute pedestrian. These accident sites create new landmarks and destinations for urban travelers, and strange objects in the environment serve as â€œarchitecturalâ€? props and become buildings, doorways, and rubble in a miniaturized setting; they serve as anchors for the site of an accident. Found accidents add an extra dimension to the peripatetic journey by highlighting a smaller scale of experience.
The inspiration for this piece came from looking at some of the architectural remnants in front of the unused McCarren pool across from McCarren Park in Williamsburg. Its desolation has always seemed mysterious, and rumors of death and accident abound. Sometimes I find my thoughts wandering as I gaze at the remaining building fragments and imagine how people might have once walked through the space. The pool area is inaccessible, but there are strange, smaller fragments outside that are suggestive of buildings and doorways. By using these strange objects as props for a fictional accident scene, I can begin to create my own urban narrative that offers a parallel urban tragedy; other urban wanderers can also concretize flights of fantasy and share them with others.
One can contribute to the project on an ongoing basis given the following materials: (1) plastic figures (to denote scale), (2) a found, unusual, pre-existing structure in the environment to anchor the accident, and (3) a camera to take a photo and to add it to the map. If one takes a photo with a cameraphone, it can be sent to an email address that will plot it on the online map. There will also be an interface that allows you to upload it from your own computer, and position it onto the map accordingly. Over time, users can begin to share another dimension of reality and recognize it in their walks, and point out the locations of miniaturized accidents.
Event InformationSaturday, September 15, 2007
11:00am — 12:30pm
361 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211