I have created a new name for the project which moves on from this idea of a continuous journey to a coded one, which has to be decoded to understand, hence ‘Decoding the Journey’. This also relates to the project as I am trying to allow more understanding of how the SE works and the journeys that relate to it. The image is taken from the site and the idea of the data cloud, but within it you may be able to make out the NYC skyline, which represents how the city is made and controlled by these data transfers.
I have also created a full project introduction, which is too small to read on the thumbnails, so is written below:
“New York is a city of journey’s. Everyday, millions of journeys are taken across both the city and the globe. Many are physical, but more and more are becoming intangible movements of data. The city is not just created by what we can see, but also what is invisible. Is it these invisible journey’s that really control the city and in turn control us?
Hidden within buildings and in isolated warehouses across the world, every technological data transfer is being processed by machines and computers. The physical aspect of transferring information is disappearing before our very eyes and into a world unknown, and virtually unseen.
The advancements in technology, in many major sectors of the world, have made the speed of which data and information is transferred almost instantaneous. Data can travel as fast as the speed of light- hundreds of times quicker than the human eye can blink. In particular, these advances have allowed the Global Financial Market to run in real-time, with transfers of shares and stocks traded by the thousand within milliseconds, providing an always present price index. Most notable in this sector is how data journeys have replaced both the need for a physical journey and a physical traded object.
One of the most powerful stock exchanges in the world, the New York Stock Exchange, is located on Wall Street, in lower Manhattan. With an imposing classical facade the building is a monument dedicated to the power, grandeur and wealth associated with the big market players of the Exchange. But behind this theatrical facade is the stock market floor, getting smaller as time goes on as automatic computerized trades replace the human interactions of trading, which was the backbone of the Stock Exchange in centuries past.
As the trading floor gets smaller, large warehouses full of servers which are storing the data are getting larger, with proximity to the rest of the globe becoming a key priority. Distance is time. And time is money.
How can the NYSE be re-imaged to display the workings of this secret market, and provide an physical interaction for those intrigued by its process? How can a new location link it to the rest of the world and present it as the always present?”
I have produced thumbnails as a start for the crit presentation to try and get an order and work out which key images I want to use. Atm, it’s quite long but am hoping to produce more work over the weekend to do with the actual design elements which can be a point for discussion in the crit.
I have also started drawing out some of the references I have used. Not quite sure how to redraw Megafaces, but have created a page for Black Shoals
I am going to continue work on drawings that explain some of the processes and ideas in the project in addition to more design development.