“Postcards from Wanderings” is an interactive digital piece based on viewer engagement – using the Twitter platform API and live data of marine traffic as it moves around the world. This is visualized on a cutomised googlemap, projected as a radar to transform the viewer into a navigating participant.
By sending a Twitter message with the hashtag #sendthought, participants deploy vessels (boats or ships) currently anchored and moored in seaports on the East Coast of the USA. Tweet-messages “board” those vessels and communicate back to the participant with information about the name of the boat, destination, and time of departure. During the course of the month, participants receive telegrams and postcards from various places visited by their deployed vessels until the final destination is reached. Ships are visible as they traverse the globe, and we see their real-time position updated every 30 minutes via this installation.
In an age of immediate information and hyper communication, space and time becomes less relevant. “Postcards from Wanderings” transforms one of today’s most popular instant messaging services, Twitter, into an exchange between two traveling agents (the participant and their vessel) in real time. Therefore it is an attempt to create a space for a reflection and rest as well as opportunity to think about places further away than our own “back gardens”.
“Postcards from Wanderings” were possible thanks to generous help of Mark Carter for extensive and passionate programming; Lekkas Dimitris from www.marinetraffic.com (at Aegean University, Greece) and Hal Mueller from www.sailwx.info for making data available for the project; Davor Delija, Jean McGuiness and Scarlet Coley for the help with research and support…
Tweet your thought with #sendthought hashtag and it will be set free on journey around the world.You might get a postcard or two along the way…
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