Real-Time Porosity: Laneways Project 7 Meter Bar

Dates: 2009

Funding: City of Sydney, “By George! 2009 Hidden Networks”

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant


Artist: Richard Goodwin in Collaboration with Russell Lowe and Adrian McGreggor

Assistants: Julian Cromarty, Tina Salama, Vinh Nguyen, Joshua Harle

Videos: Laneways Computer-Game Visualisation

7 Meter Bar


Today 2/6/09 it was reported that the oceans are becoming more acidic. This is yet another in a series of markers on the road to irreversible damage of our environment.

So do we raise the bar?

Do we build a parasite bar in a laneway?

The bar being a reading of the depth of water as the ice-caps melt.

At 7m meters Underwood Street will be flooded with tidal surges and the flotsam and jetsam of our civilisation. As a collaboration the work combines the landscape of weather with the physicality of the architecture of catastrophe and the technology of games.

The bar responds to visiting crowds and their collective inaction with the force of virtual weather. This weather projected through digital beamers and broadcast through sound speakers in the installation builds in its ferocity as a response to increasing numbers.