Signal Times 2037

Monitoring of traffic signals and visualization in public space

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Signal Times 2037 is the name of a performance which examines the theoretical duration time of red lights at the intersection of Europe Square in Recklinghausen (Germany). In Germany, pedestrian traffic is given less time to cross the road, all things being equal, than cars. A pedestrian has 18 seconds to cross a stretch of pavement 12 meters wide. However, street lights create a much longer interval for cars and the total cycle of the street light system is much longer for pedestrians than motorists.
The proposed public art protocol aims to do several things.
1. Time the duration of light phases between red, green and amber
2. Make these periods of duration visible to motorists and pedestrians alike via the use of cross walk flags. Cross walk flags are signal-colored flags which are provided at the traffic light poles.
3. Provide an extra form of visibility for pedestrians who use the flags at such crossings.
The performance will consist of the flags being placed at the site and a human monitor who times the duration of the red light for pedestrians at this meeting of roads.
The goal of the performance is to try to create user models for the cities of the future. What would the impact be for example, if the city changed the cycle time of the pedestrian lights to a longer period of time. The idea behind the exhibit is to increase the pedestrian cycle time for 1 second every year. How would pedestrian and automobile traffic be potentially impacted over time up to the year 2037.
In 2037, the performance will be repeated to demonstrate how close in assumptions the original test and predictions were. One of the longer term goals of this performance will also be to look at how development in the Ruhr could be impacted by a slight change in signal control traffic frequency. Structural change and changing demographics in the Ruhr offer new opportunities for pioneering inhabitant friendly mobility concepts and urban planning that are aimed at increasing the greening of regions and slowing down private development of infrastructure necessary for the maintenance of a managed, mixed economy


by Urbane Künste Ruhr

Archipel INVEST is realized by KUNSTrePUBLIK




monitoring at traffic lights in Recklinghausen/Germany with Aurel Thurn from Urbane Künste Ruhr