Local Motorgraph (Prototype)


For the Green Prix, marksearch will create a prototype of the Local Motorgraph, an interactive community conversation billboard that will be towed by their tandem bike.  Instead of advertising commodities, the Motorgraph’s messages will deliver community information to enhance the common good.  They envision communities collaboratively using the Motorgraph to visually amplify their local news and information. Neighborhood listservs have become the contemporary community bulletin board.  However, listservs can only reach those who are ‘connected’, emphasizing the digital divide among neighbors within communities.   Their project will compensate for the negative impacts of digital communication.

The kind of conversation that they would like to generate during the Festival is based upon the work of the late innovative urban activist, Jane Jacobs.  Some of her goals include:

  • Creating walkable neighborhoods
  • Encouraging community & stakeholder collaboration
  • Fostering distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  • Making development decisions predictable, fair & cost effective
  • Preserving open space
  • Commissioned by ZER01 for the 3rd 01SJ Biennial, and presented with the support of the James Irvine Foundation.


    Image courtesy of artists.

    Image courtesy of artists.