Remapping Firenze

Marnix de Nijs’ installation work “Exploded Views – Remapping Firenze.”

Nijs hooked treadmills to virtual maps of Florence, allowing users to move through the city by walking or running on the treadmill. The interesting part, I think, is the way in which the user affects the display by changing pace. As the video explains, walk slowly and you get a detail, site specific experience of Florence complete with detailed sound effects. Start to run and you enter the macroscale, the decontextualized speedy fly though a virtual environment, which Nijs likens to the perspective of globalization.