Shared Distance: The Poetry of Data in Collaborative GPS Visualisations

Jen Southern, Chris Speed

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Location based mobile applications are becoming increasingly popular and visualisation of GPS tracks increasingly familiar in TV programs such as 'Britain from Above' (2008). Networked locative technologies, such as GPS-enabled smart phones, can bring about a sense of presence at a distance or virtual proximity (Urry 2002) and consequently life in a city is made up of a complex set of flickering attentions to proximate and distant interactions (Elliot & Urry 2010). This paper explores how the artists work Shared Distance by South and Speed makes fragile and flickering portraits of connected groups of people using GPS data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2013)
PublisherBritish Computer Society
ISBN (Print)978-1-780172-15-6
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2013
EventElectronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2013) - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Jul 201331 Jul 2013


ConferenceElectronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2013)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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