[NetBehaviour] some GPS rabbits

Michael Szpakowski m at michaelszpakowski.org
Mon Apr 9 16:00:42 CEST 2018

Hi Alanyes - it's an interesting & very exciting thing to be inside. There's the remix component of making the rabbits in a way that nods -is tangential - to Kac's piece.There's the exploration of expanded drawing. When I'm doing the walks there is a real sense that I feel myself to be the embodied tip of a pen or pencil -there's are also particular qualities to this 'implement' related to satellite coverage - the sensitivity can vary over even a few yards and even when the coverage is good...so one learns to allow for this...
Then there's the sense of collaboration with the participants - within the restriction of it being a rabbit -they design it and draw it out, often collaboratively themselves, with some lovely inter-generational stuff going on. Finally there is the actual walking out when I and the participants follow their design carefully drawn out on a Google Earth view of the park -on Saturday this was wonderfully social and I had a really pleasant day getting to know the participants as we walked. The last thing is that I then import all the GPS/Glonass data into Google Earth and construct a hi-res file with all our signatures, a name for each group &c that participants can print out and display if they wish so there is a clear outcome collectively created by us all...I'm very much looking forward to the next two sessions...Thanks for askingwarmest wishesmichael

      From: ruth catlow <ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org>
 To: netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org 
 Sent: Monday, April 9, 2018 10:13 AM
 Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] some GPS rabbits
 It's great to have Michael working on this element of the new exhibition at Furtherfield.
 A major feature of the exhibition is Lagoogleglyph - a pixelated rabbit glyph 15 x 20m - installed (painted directly onto the grass) in a field in Finsbury Park. Each pixel is 30x30cm - the size of a single pixel as rendered by Google Earth.
 Michael's photos convey a lovely sense of exploration, responding to Lagoogleglyph, connecting the park, its humans, their imaginations and the operations of distant satellites. 
 For those that can make it to London in the next few months we hope you'll come and see the exhibition; Michael is going to be running three more days of GPS drawing walk events and there is also going to be a series of workshops run by Professor Andrew Prescott.  These will look at ways to ensure that academic research into digital technologies is informed by and serves the needs and interests of diverse communities.
 You can see info about the exhibition and its programmes here Poetry for Animals, Machines and Aliens: the Art of Eduardo Kac
 On 09/04/18 01:17, Alan Sondheim via NetBehaviour wrote:
  this is wonderful, can you say more about the structure, how it's accomplished, organized, produced?
  thanks! Alan
 On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 11:48 AM, Michael Szpakowski <m at michaelszpakowski.org> wrote:
   ..from yesterday's workshops at Furtherfield Gallery. Still two more weeks to go -April 22 and May 7 :) 
  https://www.flickr.com/photos/ szpako/albums/ 72157667576425818
  cheers  Michael
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