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Urban Skin Stereopticon
solid state display screen, antique stereopticon
3"x5"x8"
2008


Urban Skin Stereopticon
The urban city acts as a skin to its inhabitants.   Its architectural structures form a protective layer and a membrane for those that live within it.   The doors and windows of buildings regulate what passes through and even the streets and sidewalks form a protective coating, mitigating the surrounding forces of nature.  Yet at the same time, the city would be like an abandoned shell without its inhabitants.   Without people, a city is like a skeleton without flesh, without skin.   By this perspective, the biological population of a city acts as a skin layer for the architectural structures.    In Urban Skin, the two perspectives are presented as a 3-D city and the 2-D skin-scape, synchronized with the sounds of inhalation and exhalation, fading between the two.