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Times of the Signs: Communication and Information: A Visual Analysis of New Urban Spaces [Paperback]

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This highly visual investigation shows the complex nature and enormous impact of recent developments in our information society: a transformation produced by the irresistible combined expansion of digital technology and telecommunication networks. The urban space is a privileged laboratory for observing and experiencing the density of signs and their multiple frameworks: Signage, Giant Screens, Signboards, Flags, Poster Displays, Architecture and Advertisement, Surveillance Technologies, Tracking Devices, etc.

Eric Sadin started this project during a residence in Kyoto, Japan, then enlarged the focus of the inquiry to further Asian, European, and American cities as Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Bombay, Paris, London, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, New York. The result is a fascinating visual journey in 2000 colour illustrations with explanatory captions, structured into some 100 topics and analysed in brilliant theoretical texts providing the necessary background.

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Pages   432
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.39" Width: 9.76" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   3.88 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 23, 2007
Publisher   Birkhäuser Basel
ISBN  3764383674  
ISBN13  9783764383671  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eric Sadin teaches at the Superior Art School of Toulon (France) and at the Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne (Switzerland) in the fields Media and Interaction Design. Editor in chief of the magazine of the French magazin A(c)c/artS. Guest Professor at the "Iamas" Multimedia Art School in Japan and Award winner in 2002 of the Villa Kujoyama (Kyoto, Japan).

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signs predominating urban environments around the world  Dec 6, 2007
Page after page, page upon page, snippets of urban signage and people among them, sometimes interacting with them, in bright, glossy, electric, neon light-like glow go by. It's stimulating and confusing--it's supposed to be. The design of the book--the postmodern art form par excellence of collage--is a refrain of contemporary urban life which has become more or less the same around the world.

The snippets on any page of facing collages could be could be--and are--from major cities around the world--Tokyo, Mumbai, Mexico City, New York, Paris. Except for the language or the ethnicity of the persons, it's hard to tell the apart--which is the point. The multitudes, multifarious signs of the times all blend into one colorful, throbbing, but homogenous style. The postmodern time of fragmentation, popular culture, global commerce, and technological gadgetry is apparent in all signs.

For Sadin, the signs are not just literal as in advertising or store names along a block; but are individuals too as they interact with their cell phones, sport T-shirts with logos, or navigate their way through the cornucopia of commercial signs. Many of the images are numbered, with Sadin's comment on what it says about contemporary life in the vicinity; though not as an adjacent caption as this would go against the design to reflect randomness and spontaneity. A side of a building in Tokyo exemplifies an "information facade [which is] a large readable space" becoming more familiar in cities elsewhere. One "luminous information device" in Osaka is the size of a five-story building. An observation Sadin makes regarding one image is how a group of persons is dwarfed by the outsized advertising displays they are standing next to. Global telecommunications, the ambiguity of social involvement or individual isolation posed by groups of persons all using their cell phones, and changes in behavior and psychology wrought by the pervasive signs and the technology bringing them are other themes. In a couple of short all-text sections, Sadin synthesizes and expands on the short comments he makes scattered among the images. Sadin puts on exhibitions, lectures, teaches, and writes on how media and technology are rapidly and ineluctably changing the urban environment.

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