Artist Projects

Sentient City Survival Kit


Mark Shepard

Sentient City Survival Kit is a set of artifacts for survival in the near-future sentient city. The project consists of a series of prototypes for electronic artifacts that subvert marketing and surveillance technologies encountered in everyday urban life: an umbrella studded with infrared LEDs that “blind” closed-circuit television cameras or a mobile GPS navigation device designed for serendipitous encounters. Visitors to exhibitions of Sentient City Survival Kit are able to test working prototypes; the website includes source code, a parts list and circuit diagram for each item in the kit, enabling urban citizens to make these items themselves.

Project Updates

  • 2013: Sentient City Survival Kit is presented at The New Institute, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as part of the exhibition The Ruin

  • 2012: Sentient City Survival Kit is included in the U.S. Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale

  • 2012: Sentient City Survival Kit is exhibited in the group show Hack the City at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland

  • 2012: Sentient City Survival Kit is included in the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF) in Rotterdam

  • 2011: Sentient City Survival Kit wins an honorary mention in the Prix Ars Electronica interactive art category

  • 2011: Sentient City Survival Kit is exhibited as part of the Enter: Datapolis festival for art and technology in Prague, Czech Republic

  • 2011: Shepard’s book Sentient City: Ubiquitous Computing, Architecture and the Future of Urban Space is published by The Architectural League/MIT Press

  • 2011: Sentient City is shortlisted for the prestigious international FutureEverything Award

  • 2011: Shepard works with V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media to further develop components of the Sentient City Survival Kit

  • 2010: The Serendipitor is nominated for 2011 transmediale Award

  • 2010: The Serendipitor iPhone app is now available as a free download in the iTunes App store

  • 2010: Shepard has the first public display of the full set of objects in the Sentient City Survival Kit at the 16th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Germany

  • 2009: Sentient City Survival Kit is presented at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam