Creative Time: The Book

Date:

2006

Artist:

Karlssonwilker Inc.
Jan Wilker (German, born 1972)
Hjalti Karlsson (Icelander, born 1967)

Published by Princeton Architectural Press

About this artwork

When asked to design a book commemorating New York City–based Creative Time’s 33 years of bringing public art to the city, Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker conceived of a cover that was a site-specific public-art project. The team built the Urban Visual Recording Machine (UVRM), which roamed the city in a truck, stopping at sites important to the history of Creative Time. Every 30 seconds, for 5 days in 2006, the UVRM recorded surrounding colors, ambient sound, and current weather conditions. It processed and transcribed this information into a series of “activity graphs” and instantly printed these onto single sheets of paper on site. The cover of every book bears one of these “snapshots”—a unique artifact documenting the urban landscape and connecting public art with the making of the book.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Jan Wilker

Title

Creative Time: The Book

Date

2006

Medium

Book

Dimensions

28 x 20.3 x 2.5 cm (11 x 8 x 1 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Princeton Architectural Press

Reference Number

2007.415.1-2

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