Maps and Tracker Series

Artist how have informed the idea:

Artist Katie Patterson her one hundred year artwork Future Library, Fossil Necklace, Timepieces (Solar System) and a series of Campo del Cielo meteorites in which ancient meteorites have been cast, melted and re-cast in their original form. In 2014, Paterson became the first artist to send an art work to the International Space Station when the smallest of these meteorites was launched into space and docked with the ISS. A major new public artwork, Hollow, will be unveiled for the Department of Life Sciences, University of Bristol, in May 2016. Totality (2016) – a commission with Arts Council Collection and  Somerset House  – is a mirror ball comprising over 10,000 images of solar eclipses, nearly every one that has been documented by humankind either by illustration or photography and is on display at Somerset House, April – May 2016. This made me realise how to use a journey in art and by looking at here piece ‘Second Moon’ 2014 Second Moon’ which tracked the cyclical journey of a small fragment of the moon as it circles the Earth, via air freight courier, on a man made commercial orbit. ‘Second Moon’ launched from the British Science Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne on 8 September, on a year long journey from September 2013 to August 2014, that saw it moving in an anti clockwise direction across the UK, China, Australia and the USA. Orbiting at approximately twice the speed of our Moon, over one year Second Moon will orbited the Earth 30 times. ‘Second Moon’ was visualized through an App that tracked the lunar meteorite in relation to the user’s location, the Moon’s location and the orbits of the other planets in our solar system.


Katie Paterson ‘Second Moon’ (2014)

How to fabricate a journey became more interesting that the journey itself reading George Orwels Book 1984 became a major turning point in this process in addition on the current news from USA about Alternative Facts.In the book George Orwell charter Winston Smith1984, wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful government. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship. These criminal deeds bring Winston into the eye of the opposition, who then must reform the nonconformist. This is the same in a gallery space we believe what is place in the gallery is true and how we go about looking at it we believe it even more the more supporting documents we have.

The artist James Bridle, explains “told us about an odd thing he had observed about location services on his iPhone. Namely, that if you leave a running app such as Nike+ or Runkeeper on your bedside table while you sleep at night, you will wake up to see that the app reports that you ran a significant distance, without doing anything.” This GPS-ghosted movement made it appear as if the owner had been out wandering the city in a series of staggered star-like routes, even as Bridle himself remained perfectly still in his London flat.  Think of it as psychogeography re-invented in the age of FitBit.“This, we speculated, is due to the way in which these apps are recording the GPS inaccuracies and counting these as actual, physical movements,” they continued. “In reality, these odd asymmetrical star-shaped tracks offer a map of the shifts of the phone attempting to locate itself.” It is not you, then, but a mathematical error, a phantom version of yourself wandering in the blind spots of military satellites.


An array of Landsat 8 images as seen on Laaaaaaandsat By James Bridle

The image are interesting because it allows anyone, scientist or artist or simply curious individual, to make use of this information in whichever ways they deem to be important, whether its analysing climate and ecological data, or many other scientific uses, or illustrating the beauty and strangeness of the planet, or anything else. But it also makes a clear statement about what is, or should be, important to us as a global, human culture: discovery, analysis, investigation, imagination. It says that these things are both central to our society and a public good. But if I fabricated the journey all the other information has to be real or otherwise it will not be believable.  All the visual data has to be read perfect with the viewer having to think that is it possible.

Looking at artist who create real journeys in there work and how they are displayed:

Francis Alÿs: Seven Walks

Over several years Francis Alÿs walked the streets of London, evolving an ambitious project that delves into the everyday rituals and habits of the norm. Observing and intervening in the huge open-air studio, Alÿs maps the city through his walks. These are enacted in different parts of the city – Hyde Park, the City of London, the National Portrait Gallery and the streets near to Regents Park. The protagonists for the walks range from a solitary urban fox to a contingent of Coldstream Guards. Francis Alÿs’s ideas can often be reduced to a set of simple instructions – but the work can be as monumental as moving a sand dune (a project he undertook with a thousand people in Lima), or as ephemeral as pushing a block of ice around Mexico City until it melts. With Seven Walks, we can track a fox on surveillance cameras as  it moves around the National Portrait Gallery, hear the sound of railings being drummed, watch a regiment of Coldstream Guards find each other in the City’s square mile, or go for  walk for as long as it takes for a pebble to enter your shoe.


Install View Seven Walks

The installation of the work is key images of data which she collected are shown on display tables like what you would see in museums the maps are the most visual part with the routes highlighted and the monitors which show CCTV. All of this makes the piece interactive and the way in which I would display my idea would be in the same way but with the map and object on the wall with a projection of text to one side. Then a display table with data and information which was found on the journey.

Moving onto how I am creating a fabricated journey a non physical journey which has been made up but can be easily believable. The work will be a journey in which my two bronze pieces the rope and the anchor have participated in. This will be all fabricated but everything will happen apart from the journey itself. The detail will be correct from the maps images to the longitude and latitude of the journey apart from the fact that the object, due to the tide, would move backwards and forwards which would happen in real life but will not on the printed map.


A test on the tracking of the object.

A real map with pin points in will look to fake and then the viewer would not believe the Journey happened due to this. The next test I have done was a silk screen map with the tracker points on.


Silk screen printing the image made it too much like a skill based craft piece not part of an artwork. So I have decided to print a map on silk with the use of digital printing which might be expensive but the effect will be much better.

Text will become part of the piece, a form of documentation. But should it all be serious or should some parts of the text be unbelievable to the viewer like something the tracker would not know? I  think with some facts and some fabrications the mix would be interesting.

Text Ideas So Far

  • Hit 7 fish on second day in water
  • Too much traffic on river to move much 02/02/17
  • Water Temperature Increased on 05/02/17 @ 7:12 am
  • Duck sat on float for 2h 12 min on /03/02/17
  • Big wave submerged buoy for 12 mins
  • Boy beached for 1h 2m on 02/02/17
  • Water made to cold for bronze rope to be touched -6 degrees C on 04/02/17
  • human contact on 5th day
  • hit bridge object damaged /03/02/17
  • Slower because of clouds 01/02/17
  • collected /06/02/17

These are only the start of the ideas more needs to be done to improve the poetic gesture the text could have on the viewer. More scientific ones are need to make it believable Drift and wind chats talked about. Currents and temperature expand on and the weather.

Set ups ideas so far.


Set Up 1 an quick visual idea to see how big the map needs to be this on A3 was to small the map needs to be the 10 the length of the rope to have a impact.


Quality of map improved but size needs to be bigger again this 2xA0 size map is printed on paper but there is no pin points so far. Also on rope is contact details if the rope was lost. This quick detail was made in metal and my phone number was punched on. But this needs to be improved on and made with a better finish.

What next ?

Map needs to be printed on fabric and also a set up with TV screen and object and map needs to be arranged.









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