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Short description: UV Budapest is an interactive installation integrating hidden values of the urban fabric into an abstract guide map.
Detailed description: UV Budapest – “Reading a city” UV Budapest project was created with the aim of studying cities. Combining design and research in our work method we proposed an interactive intervention on the frequented Moszkva square in Budapest, Hungary. People who inhabit a city have to understand it in order to achieve a higher living comfort. However, large cities of our age are too complex and extensive to be explored in their entirety. As looking on them from a human perspective they are conglomerates of promising/potential/possible*** resources for individuals: diverse experiences, inspirations and personal memories. The term “public space” covers more than places where anyone has a right to come. Even figuratively they have to be accessible for common public. While every single location takes its on place in the urban fabric they have to be readable for anyone. If so, people can sense the spaces and see their values. They can be inspired and gain from them. Focusing on hidden values We investigated such places with special characteristics in several cities around Europe and we learnt that those places are often somehow hidden. Since no tourist office or guidebook provides such information we depend on other input. We can lean on local people’s suggestion or take a chance and try to make exploration ourselves. While we tested our initial installation called Darkometer in different cities (Barcelona, Stockholm and Tallinn) it made us wonder around. In fact it became an assistant/find/tool*** to discover urban spaces with hidden qualities on our way. Then we concentrated on characteristics which are present but are not strong enough to be recognized. They build up a network similar to other layers in the city like social grid or infrastructure. But the question is how we can highlight this additional layer so that people can experience it. After studying several examples in Budapest we realized that intervention is far not a sufficient way of dealing with these spots because it incorporates the chance of destruction. Building any kind of structure or changing the environment for a better exposure can very easily demolish the value what we just wanted to highlight. Motivating people So instead of inducing the spots we switched to the idea of motivating people explore those values by themselves. If we make them go and do so we also let them share the ritual of discovering. We created a guide which is partly hidden and needs some effort from the public to be read. Its presence has to be temporary but not continuous. The phenomenon of colors visible only in black light is like this. Creating an urban-scale guide We created a language to transform the spaces into visual codes. They represent the value of the associated place and also contain practical information about it. At first we paint them as abstract signs on the pavement with UV-light active paint. One sign becomes visible only when someone goes closer to it. Movement activates a sensor which turns on the black light lamp and makes the sign appear. At the end all these signs together compose a directory of the interesting spots. It is not like a guidebook one can hold in the hand but it is a guide of urban scale, public and accessible for everyone. It is interactive because people have to go there and activate the sensors to see the pattern. But there is a second level of interactivity because people using there own paint can also record and share their ideas about values in the city. This process shows similarities to open-source development methods of free content databases like Wikipedia. The guide inhabits the whole pavement of the square and becomes a valuable element of the public place. It reflects the city and starts to live its own life: while old marks fade out and disappear slowly people leave new signs behind.