Media iphone/Nokia application, processing application, data projector, liquid silver leaf.
Dimensions approx 8ft x 8ft – adaptable.
Keywords Locative, GPS, walking, iphone, water, environment, place.
Mapping the water footprint of the city: an experiment in walking and talking.
The city is not just the streets it is also the invisible infrastructure stretching miles beyond
the city limits; reservoirs, pipes, water treatment works. Through the act of walking from
reservoir to tap we will trace the scale of the watershed with a symbolic process of
walking with of water. This experimental social process investigates how locative media
might facilitate a distributed and discursive reflection in action.
In consultation with United Utilities we will identify a notional watershed for Manchester.
Five walkers will set out from seperate reservoirs at the limits of the watershed carrying a
bottle of water back to the exhibition space. (e.g. from Woodhead reservoir 15 miles from
the centre of Manchester). Their progress will be tracked using our comob software that
tracks and links groups rather than individuals. The boundary of the watershed will be
delineated by their linked locations, slowly diminishing as they home in on the exhibition
space. As they walk each participant will reflect on the act of carrying water in text
messages sent within comob to each other and the gallery.
A map of all the water in the Manchester city area will be painted in liquid silver leaf on
the gallery wall. The slowly diminishing watershed boundary made by the walkers,
alongside their text conversation, will be projected from a custom visualisation application
onto this wall.