Visualizing the geometry of relative distance
"Wegzeit is a project about Los Angeles and how it is transformed when brought to relative space. Asking someone in L.A. about the distance between two locations usually prompts a response in minutes. It seems paradoxical that people rely on subjective parameters for their spatial decisions in a city with a largely regular, cartesian layout. But especially here, where the influences of physical space are leveled by this regularity, the importance of subjective, relative spaces become visible more strongly. The project consists of six dynamic virtual environments that propose models of how to visualize three-dimensional relative spaces. They deal with certain properties and effects caused by the nature of relative space such as the asymmetry of temporal distances. (...) in this example all the streets are represented by "rubberbands" between their intersections. temporal distance can now be introduced as force or rest length of the rubberband, and thus deforming the whole system. the topology of space is preserved this way, the result is a global, balanced view of the temporal space."
Why do I blog this? I found intriguing this way of representing "temporal distance", the visualization of space/time issues. Curious phenomenon to be reflected to city dwellers.