Signal Times 2037
Monitoring of traffic signals and visualization in public
see video here: video
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
The proposed public art protocol aims to do several things.
1. Time the duration of light phases between red, green and
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
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
|monitoring at traffic lights
in Recklinghausen/Germany with Aurel Thurn from Urbane