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Unreality Check

As New York reckons with a pandemic and police violence, truth can seem stranger than fiction. But a new work of urban fantasy bends the uncanny contours of crisis towards a vision of the city transformed through solidarity.

Planting a Flag

In 2016, a Brooklyn artist was commissioned to design Highland Park’s first public sculpture. Four years later, much of her work — and life — now orbits around the site and its community of residents and stewards.

Traces Along the Edge

An artist and an architect collaborate to visualize the landscapes along New York City’s perimeter, depicting a city rarely seen or heard.

The Big Picture

28 pounds, 450,000 words, 800 photographs, 200 maps. 50 years on, what can NYC’s only comprehensive plan teach us about envisioning a collective urban future?

Wastestreaming

Following the trail of New York City’s municipal solid waste from curbside pickup to sites far beyond its borders, two artists document a system that benefits from low visibility as it dramatically extends the city’s footprint.

Shelf Life

Lost in Transit

An artist acquires a collection of unclaimed rings gathered from New York City's subway system, instigating an unconventional search for their origins and values.

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Pattern Recognition

From Manhattan to the banks of the Yangtze River, photographers index both the ordinary and uncanny effects of urbanization.

Stalking the Smart City

An artist and an artificial intelligence, trained on the data of 1,000 anonymous New Yorkers, follow a path forged by no one in particular.