[NetBehaviour] a little project

Kath O'Donnell aliak77 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 15 13:03:14 CEST 2017

love them, Michael. I too like the notes attached to the gps drawings.
they're a great way to capture memories and overlay your stories onto the
streets/physical space.

thanks for the tip on Strava too - will check this out.

not sure if this is of interest, but years ago Ivan Pope had a 'gps for
artists' workshop on the Isle of Wight and I went along (when I 'lived' in
UK), as I'd been seeing 'gps drawings' online (people on bikes riding the
streets making drawings from the roads & their gps tracks). I was at the
start of lots of work travel trips & had just bought a gps handheld device.
over the years I captured lots of tracks from different places, took
photos, but didn't always get them mapped together - some are on my old
blog. an older version of drupal had a maps/gps track module so I could
attach the track data file and it would display it on the blog posts
automatically - some I added photos also. but I broke the module/posts
years later after a series of drupal updates & have never got round to
fixing them (so if you check the links some posts look empty, others just
have a couple of pics - 'one day' I'll fix them). I loaded some into google
earth sometimes too. and into gps visualizer which just gave me the line
drawings without the map underneath - these were my favourites. later that
year I did a max/msp course too over a few weekends and during the classes
I worked on a gps drawing data music patch (with a lot of help from our
teacher, sebastian lexer @ goldsmiths). the patch just uses the gps data as
inputs to a processing filter, but again, 'one day' I was going to use them
to generate sounds from the walks/drives.

anyway, love your drawings & recollections - it's fun working with spatial
data, to collect memories in another way.

http://aliak.com/gps_data has some of them (lots of track data collected
since 2005 but not put online)
Ivan Pope presents A Locative Day Out:
gps data music patch

On 15 April 2017 at 03:48, James Morris <james at jwm-art.net> wrote:

> Hi Michael,
> Any reason you haven't used Strava for this? Combined with Instagram, it
> does everything you're talking about I think.
> The Strava app uses your mobile's GPS to log your route, add a title and
> description/notes, etc. Instagram photos you take during the activity are
> automatically associated (once a/c linked). Various add-ons such as
> relive.cc
> An example of one of my rides:
> https://www.strava.com/activities/758410407
> http://labs.strava.com/flyby/viewer/#758410407?c=u10u5crc&z=C&t=1O4qSJ
> https://www.relive.cc/view/758410407
> James.
> On 13/04/17 14:13, Michael Szpakowski wrote:
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/albums/72157676652502324
>>  Last summer, after a gap ofsome years, I started running daily again. I
>> did this because I had stoppedtaking a small dose of an antidepressant and
>> although I was careful to withdrawslowly it hit me hard - I experienced a
>> renewed depression and anxiety whichwas much worse than that which I had
>> originally taken the drugs to combat. Iwas unwilling, though, to return to
>> the drugs if I could possibly avoid this.The running helped me copeand, as
>> I get slowly better, continues to do so.In early 2017 I starteddocumenting
>> some of my runs using the ‘measure distance’ function on Googlemaps,
>> taking a screenshot of theresulting image and posting it to the photo
>> sharing service Flickr. I have beeninterested for a long time in things
>> that somehow hover between image, diagramand text and this seemed like a
>> fruitful example of that. Once I’d made andposted a few these it seemed
>> only natural to append to the image somecommentary on my run, things and
>> people seen and noted, my state of mind, theweather… a kind of highly
>> compressed diary superimposed on the rundocumentation and something which
>> fitted with my long standing interest in theway that the internet allowed
>> very naturally for long form aggregations ofoften diverse and lapidary
>> components. (For years, from 2003 to the presentday, I have been making
>> small videos and posting them to the internet, apractice I have compared to
>> the Japanese literary form Zuihitsu, literally‘following the brush’ - a
>> kind of miscellany.)Each piece takes quite along time to make and I’m very
>> conscious of working against the clock tocomplete and post each one. I’m
>> also mindful that, although I work hard to makemy texts flow, sometimes, to
>> meet my self-imposed requirement of posting on thesame day as I run, I have
>> to accept a certain improvisatory quality (whichmight be a polite way of
>> saying the texts are not always as polished as I wouldideally like.)I was
>> deeply involved inalmost the first wave of ‘net-art’ - it brought me into
>> image wrangling andgave me an opportunity to have people look at my work
>> and even to get it shownin institutions too. I’m saddened by the now
>> overwhelming corporatisation ofthis space which has, it seems to me,
>> destroyed many of the possibilities forart which were so exciting in the
>> late nineties of the last century and theearly noughts of this one. Much
>> digital and networked art now seems to requirelarge amounts of tech and
>> funding and to have moved closer and closer toeverything many of us felt
>> was disagreeable and backward looking about the artworld. Little of it now
>> lives on the net. The kind of enthusiast I was wouldnow get channelled into
>> spaces specifically made for ’enthusiasts’, for‘amateurs’ - the kind of
>> intermingling that was completely natural back thenhas almost completely
>> disappeared.One of my responses ( theother is to work in more traditional
>> practices, such as painting) is to try andmaintain a toehold in places like
>> Flickr, which although certainly corporateand equally regarded by both art
>> world commentators and those who own it as aspace for the masses rather
>> than the charmed circles of the art world,nevertheless retain, if one looks
>> carefully, echoes of that earlier promise.One finds artists, who, whether
>> they would style themselves such or not, aremaking work of depth and
>> lasting interest as well as in some sense pushing backboundaries.Finally I
>> want to say I haveno idea whether this work is any ‘good’. I know I have a
>> need to make it, Iknow that on my good days it seems worth making and it
>> seems to me to offersomething that, if not original (what is? what is? - we
>> had *that* brought hometo us forcefully by the network, and a good thing
>> too), at least synthesises anumber of practices in a way which still seems
>> native to the internet as wellas drawing on some interesting tendencies in
>> contemporary art, particularly thekind of romantic conceptualism I
>> associate with Richard Long and Sophie Calleas well as with groups like
>> Collective Actions. If you have a moment pleasetake a look. It’s a big ask
>> but if you have time I would welcome your thoughts,whether positive,
>> puzzled or negative. best wishesmichael
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