Datalogging the landscape

Alison Gazzard

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The natural world allows us to leave our mark through the footsteps we make
in the sand, and through the wearing of the turf as we create short cuts
to our destinations. It is these individual, unique distinctions that track our
movement, yet due to natural world phenomena we may not see or experience
these exact same routes again. The footsteps are washed away and
the desire line once created by a shortcut may become overgrown as a new,
quicker route takes its place.

GPS datalogging devices now enable us to track our routes through space.
A walk across the worldly landscape can now be saved into the digital
landscape, a world of multiple pixels and in many instances two-dimensional
!at plains. De Certeau writes of the ‘walker’ who experiences the routes
through the city, in contrast to the ‘voyeur’ who views the city’s design from
the rooftops above (de Certeau 1984: 92). Now, both the walker and voyeur
are in many ways coexisting simultaneously through these technologies.
Providing these two instances ask the question of how our experiences of
walking and wandering across the landscape differ from the representations
provided by the mapped view. The act of wandering combined with this form
of emergent map creation allows for both practices to be undertaken seamlessly,
with the digital map growing with every physical step.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ISEA2010
Subtitle of host publicationThe 16th International Symposium on Electronic Art
EditorsJudith Funke, Stefan Riekeles, Andreas Broeckmann, Hartware MedienKunstVerein
Place of PublicationGermany
PublisherRevolver Publishing
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)978-3-86895-103-5
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventISEA2010 RUHR - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 20 Aug 201029 Aug 2010


ConferenceISEA2010 RUHR


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