Blinking City is a project investigating the inadequacy of traditional maps for city environments characterized by fast pace transformation and urban growth. As soon as the map is done, the city it describes has already gone. We transferred one of the Blinking City pattern, based on a collage of several Hutong neighbourhoods of Beijing, onto a wall of a dilapidated courtyard house in Xianyukou district, located in the core of the city.
variable dimension, stencil on wall, 2011
artists: Marcella Campa, Stefano Avesani
collaborator: Giulia Albertini
photo: Marcella Campa
Thanks to game designer Eric Zimmerman and architect Nathalie Pozzi, who wrote the text for the legenda giving a meaning to each colour: Generals hide under the kitchen table. Newspaper crossword puzzles clean the windowpan. A ball lands on the neighbor’s roof. In the memory of a broken television, pixels flicker. The lottery disappoints another player. A coin flips. Bottles from sports fans crowd the bar. Ready? Go.