A photographer who worked on O’Connell Bridge for 50 years

Man on Bridge is an interactive documentary about Arthur Fields, a Dublin based street photographer who captured an estimated 182,500 photos of passersby on O’Connell Bridge. Arthur was out in all weather with his camera 365 days a year for 50 years.

El Zorrero Films are producing a web-based documentary that lets people learn about Arthur and allows them to submit their own Arthur Fields photo or Arthur Fields-inspired photo into the online story of the photographer.

It has been entered into the Arthur Guinness Projects and the filmmakers are looking for votes to help them secure funding to complete the project.

3d Model of Dubrovnik Constructed from Flickr Photos

This 3D reconstruction of Dubrovnik, Croatia was made entirely by computers from photos sourced on Flickr. It contains 4,619 images and nearly 3.5 million 3D points.

This project is referenced by Victor Burgin in his keynote presentation at Urban Encounters: The Image of Public Space a seminar at Tate Britain in October 2012. Burgin’s talk is at the beginning of the podcast embedded below:

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Loitering Theatre

Loitering Theatre is a project by Nina McGowan and Caroline Campbell which “uses customised helicopters (the AR.Drone) to fly beyond the normal street view to access and film previously inaccessible and unseen views of the city“. It was shown at the Science Gallery, Dublin as a part of Hack the City. Above is a clip from a longer video.

Nina and Caroline collaborate together also using the name Loitering Theatre.

Will Eisner and Francis Alys

I have, here, undertaken a series of vignettes built around nine elements which, taken together, are my portrayal of a big city…any city.

Seen from afar, major cities are an accumulation of big buildings, big population and big acreage. For me it is not ‘real.’ The big city as it is seen by its inhabitants is the real thing. The true picture is in the crevices on its floors and around the smaller pieces of its architecture where daily life swirls.

Will Eisner, from the introduction to New York: The Big City

Eisner’s Comic New York: Life in the Big City (of which New York: The Big City is sub-section) contains many short episodic comics, often with little if any dialogue, depicting people engaged in small interactions with architectural elements of the city; fire hydrants, lamp posts, bins etc. It reminded me of Francis Alys’ work using similar elements in urban public space.  Below is a page from Eisner’s comic and a video by Alys.

Momo and Francis Alys

Above is a video by a graffiti artist named Momo about writing a  tag the width of  Manhattan by dripping paint from a can attached to the back of his bike. The tag was done in2006 but went unnoticed for several years and has recently been featured in this piece in the NY Times.

The video below is called The Leak and was made by Francis Alys in Paris in 2006. This video and others by Francis Alys are available to view or download and share under a creative commons license from his website http://francisalys.com/public.html

“These videos can be downloaded and shared with others as long as the authorship is credited and there is a link back to the website of the author. These videos cannot be altered in any way or used for commercial purpose.”

Jellyfish Theatre

The Jellyfish theatre is constructed entirely from recycled materials including pallets and water cooler containers.Its a project by artist and architect Martin Kaltwasse and Folke Kobberling in collaboration with the Red Room film and theatre company.

There’s more info at Oikosproject.com and an article on the Guardian’s website here.