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13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Mapping Manhattan: a public art project mapping personal experience

"Becky Cooper, a 24–year–old cartographer and writer... asked New Yorkers–and visitors–to map their own versions of Manhattan. She took to the streets, distributing 3,000 copies of a hand–printed outline of the island and encouraged participants to "map who you are or where you are; the invisible or the obvious". All copies were self–addressed and stamped so they could be mailed back to her.

Cooper says around 10% of the maps were mailed back and Mapping Manhattan features 75 of the best contributions. Some are heartbreaking (one person mapped key places in his life, from the first apartment he shared with his wife to where she later died); many invoke humour (a map of lost gloves, pictured above); some are confessions (a student who shows how she funded her studies with work at various strip joints). Some are handscrawled in biro, others are collages, and a few use watercolours."

(Vicky Baker, 15 May 2013, The Guardian)

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Simon Perkins
10 MARCH 2013

CityViewAR: remembering Christchurch before 4 September 2010

"CityViewAR is a mobile Augmented Reality application that allows people to see how the city was before the earthquakes and building demolitions. Using an Android mobile phone people can walk around the city and see life–sized virtual models of what the buildings looked like on site before they were demolished, and see pictures and written information. Hundreds of 3D models of key city buildings have been made available from architect Jason Mill of ZNO, while the Christchurch City Council and Historic Places Trust have provided photographs and building histories.

CityViewAR is based on the HIT Lab NZ Android AR platform which uses the GPS and compass sensors of mobile phones to enable virtual information to be overlaid on live video of the real world. Android AR makes it easy for Android developers to build their own outdoor AR applications. The software was previously used for showing individual buildings, but this is the first time that it has been used to show dozens of buildings at once, and the first time in world that mobile phone AR has been used for earthquake reconstruction."

(HIT Lab NZ, 2011)

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Simon Perkins
08 OCTOBER 2003

Sans Soleil: Nomadism

"He wrote me: I will have spent my life trying to understand the function of remembering, which is not the opposite of forgetting, but rather its lining. We do not remember, we rewrite memory much as history is rewritten. How can one remember thirst? I've spent the day in front of my TV set – that memory box. I was in Nara with the sacred deers. I was taking a picture without knowing that in the 15th century Basho had written: "The willow sees the heron's image... upside down."
(Chris Marker, 1983)

[In Chris Marker's seminal essay–documentary Sans Soleil (1983), he describes a fractured physical environment that is unified through it occupation of the film's protagonist. Although the protagonist is described as inhabiting its environments he never appears to belong to any of them. His is a traveller, lost in the non–place (and non–history) of transit.]

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1983 • Cape Verde • Chris Markerethnographic filmfilmfilm essay • forgetting • Icelandmemory • memory box • nomadnomadismremembering • rewrite memory • Sans Soleil (1983) • Sunless • video essayvisual essay
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