Process and performance are articulated as live
and archived elements in the exhibition. As a live element, a participant
is tracked by GPS as she moves about the city. The trail of the
participantÌs movement is transposed into visual terms as
a dynamic drawing generated in real-time over the Internet and presented
as a projection in the installation space.
As an archived element, the drawings are recorded and presented
for viewing in a three-dimensional format. Recorded journeys are
prepared as vector-based drawings in Adobe Illustrator which are
then printed on transparency film. Each printed journey is registered
against prior journeys, and sandwiched between stacked 1/2"
plates of glass. The stacks of glass grow taller over time with
the addition of subsequent drawings, thus creating an expanding
'z-axis' through which the viewer can observe changes in the travelerÌs
movement over time.
Artist and studio assistant maintain the installation throughout
the period of the exhibition by monitoring and recording each live
Internet performance, translating drawings from performances into
acetate prints, and integrating the prints into the glass stacks.
Process and performance are blurred as the artist, present as part
of the exhibition, creates the stacks of archived drawings from
the participantÌs movement as she travels about the city.
The piece uses GPS receivers interfaced with laptop computers. Geographical
data from the GPS units is passed wirelessly via cellular modem
to a Java applet running on a server on the Internet. The Java applet
translates geographical data into a drawing that is generated in
real-time as the performer moves about the city. Java applet and
wireless integration were realized by In Choi. The project is documented
on the web at: http://www.research.umbc.edu/~rueb/trackings/