Anyspace? Whatever.

An architectural-scale public installation to host co-creation events for developing consentful technology practices and rights frameworks for the “smart” city.

A place that addresses privacy, open data governance, access, and inclusion

Anyspace? Whatever. (AW) is conceived as an architectural-scale installation for the public realm.

It is designed to function as provocation, emblem, and host site for a series of reciprocal exchanges, research, community-led technology workshops, and people’s assemblies to support the ground-up visioning work of creating an equitable and responsible “smart” city.

There are deep equity and justice implications bound up with the excitement and possibilities that technology affords. AW takes as its starting point Gilles Deleuze’s characterization of “any-space-whatever”—the propositional spaces visualized in glossy architectural renderings and discussed in corporate and policy literature about the “smart” city. AW is designed to instigate creative actions and activism. Our goal for the project is to initiate public debate and open speculation on how we might develop equitable and accountable technologies while also imagining opportunities for resistance and agency. The structure is designed to function as a multimedia production booth and flexible presentation, workshop, and discussion space. AW provides a physical platform to question how to better develop consentful approaches to civic technology that addresses privacy, open data governance, and access/inclusion. Until funding and a site have been acquired, we will develop a mobile installation/intervention that can host a variety of programming.


The original idea for this project as architecture dates to 2012.

Our ongoing fascination with bunkers (we both grew up in proximity to military bases) collided with Kevin Kelly’s discussion of an emerging ecology of three billion artificial eyes in his book “What Technology Wants” (Viking, 2010). This resulted in a series of experiments conducted in 2013 as residents at the Center for Land Use Interpretation’s (CLUI) Wendover Airbase (the home of the training program for the first atomic bombing missions carried out on Hiroshima and Nagasaki). Our project B.O.L.T.S. (Bug-Out Location/Tactical Shelter), was a robotically fabricated, inflatable, vacuum-sealed personal shelter presented in a dust-tight enclosure installed at the CLUI Residence Support Unit in Wendover, Utah. The work is now part of the Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art and Environment collection.

We followed B.O.L.T.S. with many proposals and iterations of larger structures. This was when we adopted “Anyspace? Whatever.” as the title for this work. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation presented us with a 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit award for it. We continued to develop various concepts and configurations for how this could be achieved. Our proposed form draws upon the Ford Rotunda, designed by Albert Kahn and built for the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago (later rebuilt in Dearborn as the visitor center for Ford Motor Company). The Rotunda was the first real-world application of a geodesic dome (remodeled in 1952 by R. Buckminster Fuller). It was destroyed by a fire in 1962. In profile, the structure has the shape of an Earth-Covered Magazine (ECM) designed to withstand blast loadings and prevent the propagation of accidental explosions from adjacent magazines. Our ‘rotunda’ uses dazzle camouflage (complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colors interrupting and intersecting each other). Dazzle camouflage is sometimes used to mask a test car during trials to make determining its exterior design tricky and to block detection by facial recognition technologies. It is a structure that is hard to ignore by humans that seeks to avoid machine vision.

AW attempts to understand and anticipate the democratic dilemmas arising from the networked “smart” city. AW will launch as a temporary/mobile structure before becoming a semi-permanent pavilion/folly for the public realm. AW is inspired by sci-fi/expo pavilions, Afro-futurist, Afro-modernist, and traditional Scottish communal gathering spaces. We imagine using XR/AR to create ephemera and media surrounding the installation. AW is designed to instigate creative actions and activism by engaging with other artists/culture-bearers, residents, architects/designers, urban planners, policymakers, and creative technologists. The goal is to encourage open dialogue, connections, and engagement surrounding AW that generates debate and open speculation on how we might develop equitable and accountable technology while also imagining structures for resistance and agency.


Our intent with this project is to explore methods for designing and building structures incorporating strategies for evading machine-vision and electromagnetic sensing. The project is an opportunity to provide a safe shelter, or hiding place that also functions to enable reciprocal exchanges between living, mechanical and electronic agents in a responsive system. AW intends to initiate a conversation about the many ways military-grade technology has increasingly been deployed in civilian spaces. It aims to stage public debate and open speculation on how ‘Big Brother’ is watching us in non-visual ways. While this project attempts to tackle some practical and technical problems, it will also allow for the examination of the social and cultural aspects of post-privacy in the 21st Century.




Marshall, John., and Cézanne Charles. Not at All Evenly Distributed, in The Routledge Companion to Media and the City. 2022. eds. Erica Stein, Germaine R. Halegoua, and Brendan Kredell. Milton Park: Taylor and Francis.


2023 Creative Capital Award
The 2023 Creative Capital “Wild Futures: Art, Culture, Impact” Awards, which will fund the creation of experimental, risk-taking projects that push boundaries formally and thematically, venturing into wild, out-there, never-before-seen concepts, and future universes real or imagined.


2015 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit

The Knight Arts Challenge helps to engage and enrich Detroit, bringing high-quality art experiences more deeply into the city’s neighborhoods.


Date: 2015-Present
Location: TBD
Client: Self-initiated project

Design: 2015-present
Completed: Ongoing

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Creative Capital


Cézanne Charles (rootoftwo)
John Marshall (rootoftwo)

Dimensions: TBD

Media: TBD


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