Isabella shares an uber nice technology with us on CNET Asia. I dig it so much I’m reproducing it here.
Real spaces, digital memory
Sep 13, 2008 21:27
Check this out: http://www.gpsfilm.com.
The basic premise is this that “using a GPS-enabled PDA or mobile phone, artwork selects clips based on
location. As the viewer travels, the movie is revealed. The result is a
new type of film experience that is tied to the movement of the viewer.
“Similar to a game, GPS Film tells stories by exploring an environment…
but by taking it off the computer and back into the real world”.
I haven’t been able to check it out because I do not own a GPS-enabled phone.
The intersection of real-world space and digital space has always been facinating to me. What’s even more interesting is the real-world locations of people and their locations in digital space (e.g. Facebook). In the physical world, there is you and the time frame you are in and the space you occupy at any one point in time. But putting your location into digital space or onto film (e.g. CCTV) puts all these moments into memory.
It would be interesting seeing as how CCTVs are placed in places where people spend the least amount of time in (underground tunnels, train stations). For me, these are semi-dead spaces because they are completely public and filled with people that are locked up in their own heads, in their own world, but they are also the most recorded. Human memory normally omits these moments from your databanks, but Big Brother makes sure these memories are kept somewhere anyway.
I think people’s minds can be better engaged in these dead spaces. I get really annoyed when I have to take the train for a couple of minutes, wait for a couple of minutes, take another train or bus. Dead time. Can’t concentrate on anything. The role of art and design (combine with new media technologies), I feel, has a bloody duty to pay humanity by kicking people in the ass when they are standing around doing nothing in these spaces. The more time you spend in spaces like these, the more brain dead you become.