KNOWING AND BECOMING THROUGH ART AND LOCATIVE MEDIA
Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum in conversation with Edward Shanken and Yolande Harris.
The conversation was recorded in September 2014 during the development of 250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia, and discusses the different outcomes of the project: an interactive website, the documentary film, the installation version “The Mailman’s Bag” and “The Beagle” .
Ed: There is now a considerable history of art practices using locative media as a key ingredient. You’ve done some of the pioneering work in the field: Amsterdam Real-Time, Milk Project, Nomadic Milk, to name just a few projects. When you began working with GPS as an art medium, the technology wasn’t widely available or used by the general public, so artistic interventions expanded awareness of this emerging technology and its cultural implications. But now that GPS is ubiquitous, what can artists do with it that the public can’t do and for what purpose?