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Control Syntax Rio

27 March - 20 May
Venue: Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street
New York

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visible sites of Smart City experimentation. In response to

catastrophic natural disasters, calamitous traffic congestion, and urban health epidemics,

the Centro de Operações Rio (COR) was designed as a corrective tool and as a new

command and control hub that would allow the city to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Launched in 2010, COR now monitors its urban camera network and information sensors,

gauges optimal traffic patterns, determines landslide risk zones, predicts weather

disruptions and maps disease paths.


The exhibition shows Rio structured through COR’s control syntax and smart city command

processes. This syntax is assembled from seemingly banal if-then statements that become

surprisingly charged by their encounter with the political and circulatory life of the city.

Through COR, the exhibition sees traffic engineering as urban politics and as haunted by

potential catastrophe. The exhibition also understands COR as indicative of an important

new space of representation for the 21 st century city, and its emerging computational



Curated and designed by Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Mark Wasiuta.

Presented by Storefront for Art and Architecture and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.