on exibition at
MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
Design and Elastic Mind
February 24th – May 12th 2008
New York Talk Exchange illustrates the global exchange of information in real time by visualizing volumes of long distance telephone and IP (Internet Protocol) data flowing between New York and cities around the world.
In an information age, telecommunications such as the Internet and the telephone bind people across space by eviscerating the constraints of distance. To reveal the relationships that New Yorkers have with the rest of the world, New York Talk Exchange asks: How does the city of New York connect to other cities? With which cities does New York have the strongest ties and how do these relationships shift with time? How does the rest of the world reach into the neighborhoods of New York?
Carlo Ratti group director, Kristian Kloeckl project leader,
Assaf Biderman, Franscesco Calabrese, Margaret Ellen Haller,
Aaron Koblin, Francisca Rojas, Andrea Vaccari
William Mitchell, Saskia Sassen
at&t labs research
Alexandre Gerber, Chris Rath, Michael Merritt, Jim Rowland
In the Information Age, the flow of IP (Internet Protocol) data between locations is nearly ubiquitous. Globe Encounters visualizes in real time the volumes of Internet data flowing between New York and cities around the world. The size of the glow on a particular city location corresponds to the amount of IP traffic flowing between that place and New York City. A greater glow implies a greater IP flow.