Florian Freier

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The moving city (ongoing project, 2016/2017)

 
    An ongoing project documenting change of urban spaces by matching street view construction sites with GPS located AirBNB interiors.

The omnipresent bags of construction waste are becoming sculptures celebrating the new, but also monuments for the old that is carried away with them at the same time.











































For more than one year I was documenting change of urban spaces by matching Barcelona's street view construction sites with GPS located Airbnb interiors.

While the ongoing project is searching for the visual traces of an almost invisible process taking place in many cities around the world, the photographic series is also exploring the idea of urban identity in an age of location based online services, individual travel and globalized trends in culture, photography and design.

The Moving City is currently nominated for the Munich Prize of Photography, previously awarded among others to photographers Katharina Gaenssler, Thomas Demand and NY based Barbara Probst in 2007,1997 and 1994.

A Selection of 100 photographs has been published as a print on demand photobook which is also available to read online (scroll down).



 

   

Related links and data:

The Moving City image matching process is based on a scraped dataset of about 17.000 GPS coordinates collected and provided by insideairbnb.com
http://insideairbnb.com/get-the-data.html

Visualisation of Airbnb in Barcelona through the years
http://www.dwarshuis.com/various/airbnb/barcelona

"The fixed population in the Gothic district (...) has dropped from 27,470 residents in 2006 to just 15,624 at the end of 2015. Now, 63 percent are "floating" residents -- tourists or people in short-term lets."
https://www.thelocal.es/20170705/bye-bye-locals-tourists-are-taking-over-europes-c

These Are The Cities Where You Can Make The Most Money Renting Properties On Airbnb
https://www.forbes.com/sites/omribarzilay/2016/11/22/these-are-the-cities-where-you-can-make-the-most...

"Companies like Airbnb and WeWork are popularizing the same generic spaces across the globe; it even has a name, recently christened by Kyle Chayka: airspace."
https://www.fastcodesign.com/3064284/mid-century-modern-is-the-pumpkin-spice-latte-of-interior-design

"Quantifying cities’ emotional effects - A new Web tool could help measure subjective impressions of urban environments, which may have consequences for social behaviors."
https://news.mit.edu/2013/quantifying-urban-perceptions-0724









Exhibition views at Hangar Studios, Barcelona ES, 07.2017





The Moving City image matching process is based on a scraped dataset of about 17.000 GPS coordinates collected and provided by insideairbnb.com (click here to get the data)





Exhibition view: Munich Prize of Photography, Förderpreis Fotografie der Landeshauptstadt München 2018,
Kunsthalle Lothringer 13, München










A selection of 100 images has been published as a limited edition print on demand photobook.
108 pages. Available via email and at selected stores and festivals. Click the preview to browse online.






Disclaimer:
„The Moving City“ is not affiliated with Airbnb or any of the companies that appear in this project. In respect of privacy all interior images are used without revealing any original names and locations. All quoted images are used for research and educational purposes only.

This project was realized with the Hangar.org studio residency program. Barcelona 2016 / 2017




Related Links:
Profile Page
Cached Landscapes
Selected Press
Installation views

 






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