The City Lab

Letting the city talk about perception

For the Jerusalem Design Week we designed an open laboratory at the Hansen House with the goal of showing how art and technology can help cities understand communities better.

A participatory picture of Jerusalem

The City Lab asked the audience a series of questions using different laboratory devices that collected the answers in liquid form. Topics included emotions like love, fear, worry, ambition and goals amongst others, to help participants build a bigger picture of Jerusalem. We wanted each individual to create a formula based on their own perception of the city. There was also a layer of sound; each time a participant chose an answer, the installation generated a certain sound, which became part of a collective song.

City Lab Jerusalem turned out to be a participative experience that created a metaphorical game between the city and the way the citizens understand it as a chemical formula.

The City Lab

Which word best describes your city?

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A visualisation of life and death