Interesting work by Plan B. It is a very good reference in relation to my own work with MyMap. In a way I am also making a drawing of my life by revealing the map, but instead of having only lines on the white canvas, I am revealing where the user have actually been, making it more like a painting.
“I record everywhere I go (outside) with a GPS. I have been doing this since April 2003. My intention is to develop a sense for the drawing I am making across the surface of the earth with my body every time I move. There are technical reasons for why this is not easy in a building but everywhere I go that is in clear view of the sky, I turn my GPS on and begin recording my location. The initial impulse behind wanting to know what the drawing of my life would look like started when I contemplated leaving London where I was born and grew up and started spending more time in Berlin after 2001. At first I mourned the thought of all that knowledge of how to navigate around London plus all the stories and events that inform how I ‘read’ London being rendered useless in the new city. On further contemplation I realised that Berlin was offering me an option London now denies me – I could chart myself learning about a new city in a way I can’t with London – I could watch myself ‘joining the city up’.” by plan b
“Running Stitch sews together our routes to work, to the sea, and our walks for exercise or shopping with the meandering and more personal journeys we might take within the fabric of the city.”
Running Stitch was a 25sq/m tapestry map, created live in the gallery over four weeks, that charted visitors’ daily journeys through the city.
For Running Stitch, artists Jen Southern & Jen Hamilton re-configured Brighton & Hove by ‘capturing’ its space through the movement of its inhabitants. Visitors to Fabrica were given the opportunity to take a GPS-enabled mobile phone with them to track their journeys through the city centre. These walks around the city resulted in individual GPS ‘drawings’ of the visitor’s movements that were projected live in the gallery to disclose aspects of the city unknown to the artists. Each individual route was sewn into a hanging canvas to form an evolving tapestry that revealed a sense of place and interconnection.
In the years leading up to their exhbition at Fabrica, Jen Hamilton (Canada) & Jen Southern (UK) had been using Satellite Navigation technology to explore urban environments. Data generated from the walking routes that they invited people to take were often processed in their installations to create collaborative and personalised maps. Two previous projects – Distance Made Good:Flow Lines (Morecambe and Lancaster, 2006) and Satellite Bureau (Cardiff, 2005) each involved people in making new maps of their locality determined not by formal topographical or geopolitical conventions, but by their own choice of journey.
He transform dark spaces into abstract light environments. His site-specific installations are based on triangular forms, which lines passes through walls, floors, façades and they may be seen floating between buildings.
“Paper is simply paper as long as it is white, but once you draw on it, it becomes ‘a drawing’. A design in light is a mental drawing that uses dark space.
Fibre optic drawings are in harmony with the place itself, the light creating an interrelation by overcoming the physical walls and transforming the environment in a deceptive way, pushing it to the limits of an illusionary dimension.
The installation takes over the space and incorporates it.”