China · Mongolia· Russia | Argentina · Chile
Antipode, from Greek ἀντίποδες: ἀντί: “opposite” and ποδες: “foot” and also “opposite foot” in Chinese (对跖点) is the opposite point on Earth’s surface, the farthest. Two points that are antipodal to each other are connected by a straight line running through the centre of the Earth.
There are very few places on Earth in coincidence with another landmass, i.e. not covered by oceans. Almost the only coincidences in the whole world exist between China, Mongolia and Russia on one side and Argentina and Chile on the other. Whereas coincidences between urban areas are almost nonexistent, we have found a remarkable match between two cities.
Only 4% of the Earth’s surface has its antipodes on landmass.
We plan to install interactive portals – in the fashion of advertising street furniture – with cameras and screens on both sides: one displaying a view of the city on its antipodes and the other of people approaching the twin device. Additionally, the portals will be used to broadcast attractive contents related to culture, cuisine, language and companies of each place. We thus expect to connect people from these five countries in order to boost businesses and strengthen cultural and commercial bonds with a minimum investment in infrastructure.
Instant and effective cultural exchange through a playful and fun platform that challenges the usual forms of spatial relation and breaks the representation of distance by placing shortcuts between the two farthest points on Earth.
The transmission of the cameras will be streamed online and the communication will be enhanced with
- broadcast of original content
- mobile apps
- programmes of exchange between antipodal schools or other institutions
The greatest urban antipodal coincidence that we have found after a laborious search is between Nánjīng – former capital of China and the world’s largest city in the thirteenth century – and Gálvez, a city in the center of the Province of Santa Fe in Argentina, with very striking coincidences within each city. However there are many other amazing coincidences on some spots of the world.
The line joining antipodal pairs crosses the centre of the Earth.
Examples of low-cost displays that could be installed in public spaces before the video portals.
Street photo exhibition in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Street furniture in Leipzig, Germany.
Nánjīng and Leipzig are sister cities since 1988.