What does an Invisible City look like?

Eyebeam-invisible cities_490.jpg "Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places." ― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Multidisciplinary artist Taeyoon Choi has created a digital space for drawings and videos inspired by Italo Calvino's novel Invisible Cities, where cities are depicted in a surreal and metaphorical manner, unbound by limitations of physics.

How does your invisible city look like? Draw or write your ideas and share them on the dedicated Flickr Group or by tweeting with the hashtags #moleskine and #drawyourcity. Taeyoon will remix your images into the drawings on the Invisible Cities website.

To create an analog-digital bridge into the project, Moleskine joined Taeyoon and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center with a limited edition notebook for the project.
To create many doors into Taeyoon's project, the special edition features a custom QR code that links the notebook to a parallel digital storytelling space.

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Like Italo Calvino fantastic and magical novel, the notebook design features Taeyoon's whimsical drawings debossed onto the cover, printed on the custom paperband, and silkscreened on the front and rear flyleaf, inviting the owner to imagine their own invisible cities inside.

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"Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else." ― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Eyebeam , based in New York City, is the leading art and technology center in the USA. Eyebeam provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation. It is a lively incubator of creativity and thought, where resident artists and technologists actively engage with culture in addressing the issues and concerns of our time.

Taeyoon Choi is a new media and performance artist. He earned a B.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and a M.S. at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 2007. He had solo exhibitions in Art Space Hue; South Korea, and Spanien 13c; Denmark. His work has been presented at international venues such as Dislocate; Japan, Upgrade!; Macedonia, Nam June Paik Art Center; South Korea. He lectured at Parsons School of Design and lead workshops including Ars Electronica; Austria. Choi received Arts Council Korea 'Young Artist Award' in 2007 and a residency at Eyebeam; New York in 2008. Choi collaborates with engineers, actors and activist groups. Choi lives in New York.

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