Battersea Day 3

I’ve completed my map, and covered all publicly-accessible outdoor spaces within a 500m radius of Battersea Arts Centre. In total I have walked over 16 miles (about 26km), and have found 265 locations where you can hear a pin drop.

Wednesday MapHere’s the banner:

Wednesday BannerI am now going to devise the tour for Friday, but in the meantime here are the last 33 images:

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Battersea Day 2

I’ve walked 8 miles today, all within this 500m radius of Battersea Arts Centre. Hard to imagine you could do that really. I am also aware I need to decide whether to ditch imperial measurements at this stage.

The total number of locations is now 232. I think the key reason is that the area is mainly residential with only a few major roads cutting through. Having said that, one area which was well away from the roads was too noisy to hear a pin drop, due to a flock of sparrows living in the hedge.

Tuesday MapHere’s the banner, and look, it has its first other dot!

Tuesday Banner

First other dotSo, here are the 153 locations from today’s walk:

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Battersea Day 1

I arrived at lunchtime, so only had an afternoon of pin dropping. However, apart from the main roads this area is remarkably quiet and I have found 79 locations today. I’ve walked about 5.5 miles, and covered a good portion of the North West section of my map:

Monday map

Here’s what it looks like on the banner in the foyer:

Monday banner

Monday table


And here are the 79 floor surfaces:

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BAC Map web

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Performance video online

Thanks to Yoko Ishiguro for her live translation, Forest Fringe for inviting me to TPAM, British Council for funding the visit, and staff at Steep Slope Studio and BankART Studio NYK for all their help over the week.

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Yokohama Saturday 16th February

Yokohama Map Saturday110 locations! Every street walked. Many pins lost forever.

I finished at just after 5pm today, by walking towards World Porters along the Kishamichi Promenade. I found three great locations on that, due to the wooden boards:

boardwalkThe main problem today was the wind. It was bitterly cold, and very strong, knocking over shop signs, potted plants, and at one point, even my video camera on its tripod. I had to turn against the wind whenever I dropped a pin, partly so I could have a better chance of hearing it, and partly so that the pin didn’t blow away!

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Yokohama Friday 15th February

Yokohama Map Friday

It was raining today, which usually affects this project: water on the pavement stops the pins from jumping back up and resonating. However, I did find 5 extra locations today, bringing the total up to 75.

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I’ve also had my first three contributions from visitors added to the map. Their locations look like this:

Your locationsand mine look like this:

My locationsWhen I was in the studio I decided to test the difference between dropping a pin point first, and dropping it parallel to the ground. I dropped 25 of each onto a central point and marked the locations they bounced to. The average distance a ‘parallel’ pin travelled was 14.2cm, whereas the average distance a ‘point-first’ pin travelled was 30.3cm. This means that a pin dropped point-first will be flying back up through the air for longer, which gives you more chance of hearing it resonate before it is deadened by the second contact with the floor.

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Yokohama Thursday 14th February

Yokohama Map Thursday


Only 6 extra locations today (bringing the grand total to 70) because I had to spend my time making this:



I mainly explored the area around Zou-no-hana Park: it was very quiet, as I expected, but I couldn’t hear a pin drop because the floor surface was very rough. I am guessing that it dissipates the impact more than a smooth surface does, and so less energy is transferred as sound. However, it did work on those same paving stones in one corner of the park, near a sign, and I wonder if that was to do with the sign reflecting the sound?

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Yokohama Wednesday 13th February / 2月13日(水) 横浜

Well that was exhausting! I’ve been walking for 6 hours around the parts of the city that sit at the edges of my map. The plan is that the areas closest to BankART Studio should be easier for other people to survey when they pick up my map, so I thought I would cover the distant locations first. I mis-counted the blocks when walking in the Isezaki shopping area (lots of small streets) and have therefore included a couple of points outside the map. I also got barked at by a tiny ferocious dog wearing a jumper.


Yokohama Map WednesdayI now have 64 locations, but I’m afraid I have lost count of how many pins I’ve lost. I’ve been using my jacket cuff as a pin cushion whilst walking, holding about 4 pins at a time, and I’ve had to re-stock that at least 5 times today.


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Yokohama Tuesday 12th February / 2月12日(火) 横浜

I began sketching a 2m version of my map onto a white wall in the BankART Studio today, in anticipation of publicly annotating it with my locations. For the time being, they are recorded on this map, with the area covered shaded in pencil. I’m up to a total of 25 locations so far, with a total of 10 pins lost….

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Yokohama Map Tuesday

I was in a much more open space today, with ferry terminals and parks, which explains the high hit rate. Here are my locations for today:


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