Full Interview: John Ewing on Virtual Street Corners


Earlier today, Nora interviewed John Ewing.

John's an artist based in Boston, and earlier this month, he launched Virtual Street Corners. It's a pair of interactive video screens in two different neighbourhoods: Coolidge Corner, Brookline, and Dudley Square, Roxbury.

The neighborhoods we have chosen to connect are transportation and cultural hubs with rich and intertwined histories. They are only 2.4 miles apart and a city bus runs directly between them, yet very few people from either neighborhood visits the other. Using technology developed to bridge geographical distances, Virtual Street Corners instead traverses the social boundaries that separate two important neighborhood centers with significant historical connections.

Each corner has a display, a camera and a microphone. When you look at one video screen, you're actually looking at a completely different corner in a completely different neighbourhood. It's like a digital portal.

A shorter version of this interview will air on Spark 118 117, but you can hear the full, uncut interview if you download the MP3. [runs 16:25]

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