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 was transferred into a telepresence environment and can be explored using 3D glasses.

Version 3 (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)

10,000 moving cities deals with globalization, cities and ‘Non-Places’. Visitors can select any city, using a digital interface. About the chosen city, latest posts on social networks are searched in real time and are simultaneously projected and mutually correlated onto building facades of an urban architecture. Using the installation, visitors will be teleported into their desired city and are able to explore and walk around the virtual city using 3D glasses.

Visitors discover local, cultural, and language differences and at the same time experience the cities globalized as “Non-Places”. This is thematizing and addressing how our cities and world are continuously changing and becoming more and more alike. And simultaneously it points out, that there are more and more "Non-Places - places without a local identity" as mentioned in Marc Augé’s essay and book “Non-Places”.

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 Intelligent Sensor-Actuator-Systems Laboratoy (ISAS) and the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Version 2 (real cubes)
10'000 moving cities - same but different
Interactive net-based installation, 2010

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.

Marc Lee in collaboration with the MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

From the view of an user

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 2015

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

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

- Connecting_Unfolding, MMCA
- Digital Brainstorming
- GLOBALE: Infosphere,
  ZKM Karlsruhe, 2015/2016

- Connecting_Unfolding,
  MMCA, Seoul, 2013/2014

  Karlsruhe, 2010/2011

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