15 Tasks in the City

In groups, we were given a sheet with 15 different tasks to be completed over the week, all in a specific location in town. I was with Tom, Jess and Nicole. Our area in town was the Wood street/Havelock street junction.

1. Within 2 hours, map your area.

Jess and Tom took some panoramic shots of our area and placed them over each other, so that they lined up. Over that, a photo of a map in our area was placed using photoshop. We also drew some rough lines on the map to show the areas with the most amount of people walking.


2. Write a mini story about an object found in your area.

We spotted a train ticket which had been dropped on the floor, soaked by the rain. We decided to write a six word story based on this.


3. Find a pattern. Document it.

There’s a running track on the floor by the bus station. We took a picture of a section of it and created a pattern out of the image in photoshop. After feedback, we realise that it would have been nice to find a pattern in our area instead of make one in photoshop.


4. Document time passing.

For this, we created a few time-lapse videos. Our are was a crossroads, so we decided to take the time-lapse videos from two sides of the road. Each video was filmed for about 5-10 minutes. We also counted the number of busses going over the crossings and the number of people walking along the crossings, comparing the day and night recordings.

5. Stand and listen for 15 minutes. Create a sound map.

While walking around our area, we made note of the different sounds we could hear. Later, we created this map with marks to show the sounds that were most prominent.


6. Document an overheard conversation.

This task was hard because it was hard to hear people talking over the noise of the rain without following them around and looking a bit strange. So, we stood at one of the crossings to listen to people chatting while waiting to cross. Nicole overheard a girl having a conversation on her phone. We came up with the idea of blacking out the parts of the conversation Nicole couldn’t hear, because she couldn’t hear the person on the other end of the phone.


7. Draw something that other people ignore.

For this, we chose the CCTV camera which was really high up on one side of the street. We chose this because people don’t always notice it or act any differently around it because it’s so high up.


8. Consider two aspects of your site and find connections between them.

We picked a skip and the buttons for the traffic lights for this task. We chose them because they’re two different objects with different sizes and different locations, but they’re both yellow.


9. Find and record 5 permanent and 5 transient shapes.

For the permanent shapes, we focussed on buildings and the pavement and for the transient, we looked at the art painted on a few of the buildings and the little nature there was in our area.


10. What is the past life of your place?

Tom did some research into the area and found this:

“Speculating the history of our given site is relatively easy because of the Cardiff bus station being near. The station has been around since 1954 and has provided transport for the city ever since. Hundreds have used the station for near 70 years now. The station could now be seen as social hub of the city, because of the rich history. The other older surrounding buildings create a sharp contrast between the newer builds such as the Millennium Stadium.”

11. Catalogue the colour in your area.

For this task, I went around taking pictures of the many colours in our area. I then picked out a selection of these and arranged them into image, placing pictures of similar colours together.


12. Map the smells at the site.

On our first day in our area, the most prominent smell was the drains. Jess thought of using a range of words associated with the smells and put them over an image of one of the drains from the area.


13. Look at your area from an unexpected angle.

For this task, Tom thought of taking a picture of a picture of our area. I really like this image, I think it looks really good. I particularly like how you can see the blurred taxi on the left and see it clearly on Jess’ phone.


14. Document 3 examples of lettering at your site.

There were quite a few examples of lettering in our area, so it was hard to pick which ones to document. We picked “The Abacus” lettering on it’s sign because we all found it interesting and chose the “Wait” sign on the crossings and the lettering on the front of a bus because these were the most common pieces of lettering in our area.


15. Find an example of repair.

Tom noticed a section of the paving stones were missing, so took a photo of it. Nicole then put it into photoshop and drew in the missing paving stones.


This brief was quite a hard one at times because we found some of the tasks, like mapping the sounds and smells, took a lot of thinking to come up with an idea we liked. I think our group work well together and did a good job of completing the tasks to a good standard.


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