London Knowledge – Film (2018)

London Knowledge is a prototype for a longer film that examines the generation of urban spatial knowledge. Its focus is an comparison of how London’s street map is memorised by humans with how it is understood by digital scanning techniques. Using a layering of ambient sound, interviews and digitally-generated visuals, the film compares and contrasts the London black cab drivers’ Knowledge with the prospect of a London conveyed through Lidar scanning technology, which will be used to ‘see’ the city by the self-driving cars of the future.

This project is supported by equipment loans from Prof Mat Disney, UCL Geography and NERC NCEO.

The film was the product of the SPACE ‘Art and Technology’ residency programme and was exhibited at SPACE as part of the Outcome Exhibition in April 2018.

The research that Max undertook into Lidar on this residency was also used to deliver with a sold out ‘Lidar as Visual Communication’ workshop at SPACE.