MMCA National Museum

ZKM Media Museum

MMCA National Museum

10.000 moving cities - same but different

Version 1 and Version 2 were exhibited with real cubes. Version 3 and Version 4 were transferred into telepresence environments and can be explored using 3D glasses.

Version 4 (digitized)
10.000 moving cities - same but different
Interactive net-and-telepresence-based installation, 2016

Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
2016/2017 (Version 4)
Space: 6 x 6 x 3m (WDH)
HTC Vive Data Google, two tracking sensors

"10.000 moving cities – same but different" is an interactive net and telepresence-based installation that deals with globalized cities as changing ‘Non-Places’ in terms of Marc Augé. Visitors can select any city of the world using data goggles as digital interface in a virtual reality system. User-generated content linked to the selected city such as recent news, tweets, images, videos, and posts from social networks, is searched and retrieved in real time and displayed as a multiple moving collage onto the facades of an abstract urban environment. Through this kind of paradox virtual reality that actually obtains its audio-visual Information from the real world, the visitor discovers the local, cultural, and linguistic differences as well as the similarities of the globalization. Since Internet data are always changing, each request creates new representations of the world as the result of the relationship between the visitor’s decisions and the digital matrix. In this sense, the artwork explores how globalization creates "places without a local identity" – as described in Marc Augé’s essay Non-Lieux (1992) –, and stimulates a reflective attitude leant on a novel "immersive confrontation" with the digital society of our time.

Using a HTC Vive data google that hangs from the ceiling the user can walk inside a 6x6m space. People standing outside the installation can also see in a projection the user’s perspective. A 5.1 sound system transmit the sound to the exhibit space. Two sensors localize the user’s position and transmit it to the Unreal rendering engine that teleports the user into the desired cities.

Marc Lee in collaboration with the Intelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems Laboratoy (ISAS) and the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. The telepresence system used is a result of the interdisciplinary project e-Installation for the virtualization of media art.

Version 3, Oculus Rift (digitized)
10.000 moving cities - same but different
Interactive net-and-telepresence-based installation, 2015

ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
2015/2016 (Version 3)
Space: 5 x 5 x 4m (WDH)
Oculus Rift Data Google, 4 Kinect-Sensors

Version 2 (real cubes)
10.000 moving cities - same but different
Interactive net-based installation, 2013

MMCA | National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
2013/2014 (Version 2)
Space: 22 x 14 x 7m (WDH)

Visitors can select any city or place, using a digital interface. About the chosen place, the Internet is searched in real time for latest text, image, video and sound informations. Four projectors and eight audio speakers project the results into the space. Visitors are able to walk through the model and experience the information in 3D.

Attracted and inspired by images, sound, text and videos, visitors explore the places and perceive fragments of the immense amount of data. Additionally audio and visuals constantly change, they are never the same, always in movement as the place as itself. Just as all cities over the world are different, so different and alive appear the projections and sounds. Each new request always creates new representations of the real world as a combination of visitors and digital matrix.

User-generated content is the source of the audiovisual information not censored nor chosen by a certain community, rather produced by the public including visitors maybe. Each request enables us to join and actively participate in social movements of our time.

Marc Lee in collaboration with the MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Exhibition visitor's comment

Version 1 (real cubes)
10.000 moving cities - same but different
Interactive net-based installation, 2010

ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe
2010/2011 (Version 1)
Space: 16 x 16 x 8m (WDH)
Marc Lee in collaboration with the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Institut für Bildmedien


Interface with zoomable map
Detail Screen

Visitors can search for cities and towns in two different ways. The first option involves choosing a city by sliding the mouse arrow across the map and clicking on a pre-existing blue or red pin. The mouse wheel enables visitors to zoom in and out of the map. The second option involves clicking on "Search" and inserting the name of a city via the keyboard on the screen, then clicking on "go!".

Through this work you will be able to discover cities you've never even heard of before. In China alone, there are over 100 cities with over one million inhabitants (marked in red). We would like to give you the opportunity to discover these and 10,000 other places through a multi-media experience.


seting Masks
Monitors are used for the setup in order to set masks.

The precise projection surfaces on the objects can be adjusted by the software, using adjustable masks.
Thus, it is only the object which are projected and not onto the floor. This gives the impression that the objects themselves radiate the image - the objects becoming screen.

Work in progress,
Latest version 2016

Marc Lee in collaboration with:
Version 1, ZKM
Version 2, MMCA
Version 3, ISAS, ZAK und ZKM
Version 4, ISAS und NJPAC

- Warum in die Ferneschweifen
- Sharp as Teeth and Star
- Strategies of participation in
  art and society

- Book, Inauguration, MMCA
- Connecting_Unfolding, MMCA
- Exhibition visitor's comment
- Digital Brainstorming
- New GamePlay, Nam June
  Paik Art Center, Seoul

- GLOBALE: Infosphere,
  ZKM Karlsruhe, 2015/2016

- Connecting_Unfolding,
  MMCA, Seoul, 2013/2014

  Karlsruhe, 2010/2011

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