One paragraph from Tony Judt’s essay, My Endless New York, sums up how I feel about the city:
” And yet, New York remains a world city. It is not the great American city — that will always be Chicago. New York sits at the edge: like Istanbul or Mumbai, it has a distinctive appeal that lies precisely in its cantankerous relationship to the metropolitan territory beyond. It looks outward, and is thus attractive to people who would not feel comfortable further inland. It has never been American in the way that Paris is French: New York has always been about something else as well.”
– Judt writes about the decline and fall various cities and Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian newspaper, gives a fascinating lecture on the rise, and possible, fall of the newspaper industry :
“I want to discuss the possibility that we are living at the end of a great arc of history, which began with the invention of moveable type.”
So it seems fitting to find inspiration in some new multimedia creations:
– the English city of Derby is using computerised lights as art, making streets and buildings seemingly move, dance and even disappear;
Have a great weekend.