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physical 3D landscape terrain models generated by datasets relating to the frequency & position of urban crimes. the precise statistics are provided by the police. each individual incident adds to the height of the model, forming a mountainous terrain. the resulting "Mountain Fear" objects do not describe an ideal other-worldly space separated from lived reality, but conversely describe in relentless detail the actuality of life on the city streets.

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I know you are supposed to stand in front of that model and look at it from the perspective of the second and third photograph but.. I can't read that first image. All those lovely mountains of data are completely lost on me because of the structure underneath. White boxes people! White boxes! The art world has taught us a thing or two about presenting work hasn't it?

That petty observation aside, a very interesting project.

I guess the logistics of visualization change once you are working at a room sized scale. Food for thought.

Thu 01 May 2008 at 2:01 AM

If that's London, the three tallest points must represent the City (white collar crime), Whitehall (political crimes), and tax evasion respectively. Ordinary street crime would be among the lower ranges.

Thu 01 May 2008 at 4:12 AM

The modern individual has been emancipated from subjection to rank and has exchanged it for "inspection" over the whole of life's activities...The concerned citizen develops the habit of living by statistics. He may be said to live a Stat Life. These developments were unavoidable. The nature of industry in its strange new meaning - no longer: steady application to the task, bu tthe steady submission to the machine - made regulation imperativel and the ingress of techne into everything that serves human needs, from food, clothing, and shelter to locomotion, medecine, and entertainment, has required counting and control without end to save life itself.

-Jacques Barzun
From Dawn to Decadence
Page 535

Thu 01 May 2008 at 5:57 AM
david whitehill

beatiful foto.

Mon 05 May 2008 at 3:28 AM

my company Spotcrime.com has a less aesthetic picture of crime in London, but we hope to show similar trends once we've collected enough data.

Tue 24 Jun 2008 at 12:44 PM
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