” . . . analogous to the construction of the Pyramids, the possibility of pursuing growth is itself subordinated to giving: The industrial development of the entire world demands of Americans that they lucidly grasp the necessity, for an economy such as theirs, of having a margin of profitless operations.” –Georges Bataille, La Part Maudite, 1949
The Zeckendorf Towers, or 1 Irving Place has been hailed as
“One of the city’s most important development projects of the 1980′s [that]
not only led to the renaissance of Union Square Park, but also anchored
the phenomenal emergence of Park Avenue South and the Flatiron
District as a chic neighborhood.” (cityrealty.com)
Operating remotely (via San Diego, CA), and interpreting information from publicly available data sets, “La Part Maudite on 14th” (LPM14) is an attempt to develop a real-time visualization of waste produced and energy expended by this pivotal building. Hand-held device compatible.
An Alpha Version of the project is currently available: lpm14.org. Additional features and new versions are currently under development. Please check back frequently!
LPM14 is a project by Charles Miller and Christopher Head and is presented by Art in Odd Places 2009: SIGN, an annual festival exploring the odd, ordinary and ingenious in the spectacle of daily life.