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Pedestrian: Walking as Meditation and the Lure of Everyday Objects

Pedestrian is an art work for the Web which evokes the resonance

of urban space through the experience of walking, and in an

encounter with ordinary objects. A meditation on perception and

place, Pedestrian explores the capacity of the commonplace to

trigger memory and reverie. A walk through the City becomes the

vehicle for a meditation on space, time and human interaction.

Pedestrian is composed of two regions: "The Reverie of Space" and

"The Reverie of Objects". Each region provides a distinct visual and

narrative experience through the interplay of text, [moving] images

and sound. "Reverie of Space" explores the social dynamics of eye

contact, muses about the fluid relationship of time and space,

examines words as the visual background of urban culture, and

celebrates the magic of night. "Reverie of Objects" investigates

commodities and consumption, and the suprising transformation of

humble or debased objects through reverie.

Each of these "urban fictions" reflects the experience of navigating

a charged metropolitan space. The "urban fictions" of Pedestrian

celebrate the complexity and unpredictibility of urban space and

recreates that dynamism in virtual space. In its own cheerful chaos

and diverse profusion, the Web is perhaps the ultimate City.

http://www.walkerart.org/gallery9/beyondinterface/weintraub_fr.html A meditation on perception and place, "Pedestrian" explores the capacity

of ordinary objects to trigger altered states of memory and reverie. A

series of loosely connected episodes examine particular intersections of

place, time and substance. "Pedestrian" employs the mundane to reveal

the magical.