Considering the invisble net of data which influences the constructions of perceptible areas of each of us, searchscapes, a work by Juliana Sato Yamashita, tries to establish a tridimensional map of Manhatten relying on data obtained through the web.
|The objective is to compare representations of the cityâ€™s â€œphysical spacesâ€ and â€œinformation spacesâ€. Taking the metaphor very literally, a specific address is searched on Google (ex: â€œ1 Broadwayâ€ + â€œNew York, NYâ€). Such a search will bring mostly results that correspond to this specific location. The total number of text results is parsed and then plotted on a map of the physical space.
|The height of the â€œbuildingâ€ on that location will correspond to the number of results found. More results will correspond to higher â€œinformation buildingsâ€. This is an attempt to materialize information: to give it dimension, physicality. Contemporary architecture seems to be driving in the opposite direction: becoming more mediated, more ephemeral, â€œbodilessâ€. This project is an attempt to give â€œshapeâ€ to the data that we find on the Internet, but not â€œquantifyâ€.