MURMUR WALL

WHAT WILL THE CITY AROUND US BE THINKING, SEEING AND feeling IN THE NEAR FUTURE? HOW WILL ITS DESIRES AND FEARS MANIFEST? WHAT WILL BE MOST IMPORTANT?

Offering a glimpse into the immediate future, the Murmur Wall is an artificially intelligent, anticipatory architecture that reveals what the city is whispering, thinking and feeling. By proactively harvesting local online activity—via search engines and social media—the Murmur Wall anticipates what will soon matter most to the city. Constructed out of an intricate weave of steel and acrylic tubing, digital displays and electronics, the Murmur Wall allows visitors to witness datastreams weaving through the wall in the form of animated LED light and digital text displays. As a continuously evolving interface, the Murmur Wall provides a place for the city to share, indulge and reflect on the real-time desires—and anxieties—of its citizens.
  
You may also contribute your “whispers” here: www.murmurwall.net. Momentary whispers can be immediately interjected onto the wall. These real-time anonymous contributions will move rapidly through the lattice as bright white datastreams. They will appear only once and will not be collected, reused or shared.

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HACKING MURMUR WALL:

We had fun hacking Murmur Wall in Palo Alto right before it was de-installed a couple of weeks ago! Enjoy some of our custom animations that were sent to the artwork using TouchDesigner.

LOCATIONS
May 21, 2015 > May 21, 2017, Yerba Buena Gardens, 759 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
June 1, 2017 > September 30th, 2017, Palo Alto City Hall,  250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA

CREDITS
Design: Future Cities Lab, San Francisco - Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno
Project Team: Ripon DeLeon with Jeff Maeshiro, Collin Schupman, Ji Ahn
Production Team: Elaine Suh, Greg Hurcomb, Evan Moring, Zach Fish, Ben Ward, Nainoa Cravalho
Fabrication Partner: MACHINIC Digital Fabrication and Robotics, San Francisco
YBCA: Deborah Cullinan, Tesar Freeman, John Cartwright, Dorothy Dávila, Tony Pellegrini, Betti-Sue Hertz
Palo Alto Public Art: Elise DeMarzo, Nadya Chuprina
Support: Murmur Wall is made possible in part by The Burkhart Foundation, the Individual Artist Commission Grant of the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA).
Select Photography: Peter Prato

PRESS LINKS
• Press Release link
• Download high-resolution images
• 7/25/16- Engadget (www.engadget.com/2016/07/25/san-francisco-light-art-bay-bridge-lights/)
• 12/1/16- San Francisco Travel, Illuminate SF (illuminatesf.com/posts/sto/murmur-wall-soma)


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