ConvergenceLA

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: ConvergenceLA uses realtime data to create an ever-changing cinematic narrative of Los Angeles. Demographic, astronomical, oceanographic, tectonic, traffic, climate, social media and news feeds are framed within the cultural and historical context of LA
Photo Credit: Standard Vision
Lead Artist(s):

Description:
ConvergenceLA is an exploration of the diversity and creative energy of Los Angeles, a synergy of place and culture, and a reflection its people. It captures invisible and visible forces that shape the city, contextualized within a history and culture that make Los Angeles unique. Our process began with analysis, documentation and digital mapping of the city. From this we constructed a visual framework revealing interconnections in the day-to-day experience of Los Angeles. Both factual and personal, subjective and objective, ConvergenceLA layers streaming data with glimpses of the people and culture of Los Angeles to create a visual narrative that reflects the real-time activity of the city, exploring new ways of storytelling through technology. The artwork processes 4 million points of data per hour. It converts demographic, astronomical, oceanographic, tectonic, traffic and climate data streams, social media posts and news feeds into digital representations, and frames them within fragments of cultural and historical visuals of Los Angeles. An intelligent timeline uses the incoming data to inform the visual sequencing. While a reflection of the ongoing rhythms of the city, the collected data also holds the historical chronology of Los Angeles for the life of the artwork. ConvergenceLA can also be explored virtually through an interactive website at http://www.ConvergenceLA.com. This allows visitors to navigate through the data and experience the artwork with an audio track composed from everyday sounds of Los Angeles and its data streams. ConvergenceLA evolves in tandem with the city itself, a digital simulacra that parallels the complexity of ongoing natural and cultural phenomena to create a convergence of physical and virtual. As the city and community experience continued growth, our intention was to reflect that spirit of change and opportunity, presenting a portrait of the evolving story of Los Angeles as a city and of its people.
PROJECT LOCATION

Public Space
ConvergenceLA is a media installation on the façade of the Metropolis Towers in the South Park district of downtown Los Angeles, an urban neighborhood nestled in the entertainment hub of Downtown Los Angeles that has been undergoing a significant transformation and urban revitalization. The canvas for the artwork is an integrated semi-transparent LED curtain, 100 feet wide by 18 feet high.
Metropolis Towers
889 Francisco Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles
Greenland USA
Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles
Standard Vision
analogNative, onformative
Sebastian Neitsch, Juliana Götz, Cedric Kiefer, Thomas Kombüchen, Kerim Karaoglu
PROJECT DETAILS

Permanent
2,200,000.00
$500,000 and above
Percent-for-Art
Digital
Electronics, LED, Light
20 mm by 20 mm (1:1) LED blade system with 50% ventilation and vertical blade orientation; Website
2017
2018