“Time Lens” by Kuetemeyer and Shetty

  • ©Michael Kuetemeyer and Anula Shetty



Entry Number: 101


    Time Lens



    Time Lens is an interactive documentary mobile app built on a growing set of immersive panoramas documenting the rapid gentrification of an urban neighborhood in Philadelphia. Incorporated into these digital panoramas are voices, stories, dreams and memories of members of the largely invisible homeless community. Users can download the app on their mobile devices and then follow along in the actual location and experience the past and the present, the virtual and physical worlds all at the same time. The goal is to bring people to a specific location to participate in a transformative experience of that space, to infuse media art into the geographical landscape.
    The story of Pearl Street in the Chinatown North neighborhood in Philadelphia is representative of the stories of change that are affecting many urban neighborhoods in the United States. The gentrification of this neighborhood will lead to the displacement of many long time residents including the homeless who live in its alleys and who are served by the homeless shelter, Sunday Breakfast which occupies a prime location in the neighborhood. Time Lens experiments with the concept of experiencing the multiple dimensions of a place and makes audiences question their own role in the gentrification of a neighborhood. The project was developed as part of the Asian Arts Initiativeʻs Social Practice Lab and funded by ArtPlace. The Time Lens mobile app is retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/time-lens-pearlstreet/ id706525884?mt=8


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