[-empyre-] you are here

Hi Ricardo + all,

While I attended the opening events of inSite and and stood near the
border fence in Playas, Tijuana, (where LowDrone was flown), a marine on
the other side of the border approached our group to see if there was a
paletero(icee cart) near by that we could call over for him.

yes - this anecdote makes a compelling case for the "realization" here... great story.

A recent announcement by Sal Randolph of her new experiment "Where You
Are" seems much too appropriate to the topic of discussion to not pass
along the link and brief description:
"Whereyouare is an experiment in the collective documentation of
neighborhoods... Everyone is invited to participate by documenting any
neighborhood they love... The project harnesses the power of folksonomy
tags from a range of sites that host and organize content of different
kinds (flickr for photos, vimeo for video, delicious for links, etc.)."

However at the moment, Williamsburg includes a couple of
videos of an awning flapping against wind and some pigeons hanging out
on a street - the sort of content that leads me to question whether or
not this is just more unnecessary stuff online, time will tell.

It will also be interesting to see how widely the site is passed along
and if neighborhoods of non-Western or "underdeveloped" countries are
added to the site.

so funny - i was just thinking about this project when reading through Ricardo's earlier post! and, of course, Ricardo brings up the right questions about it - it can so easily fall into something resembling mass observation, situationism and surrealism mashed together and stripped of meaning to create a depoliticized psychogeography that looks like the scene in American Beauty where the kid is watching the video of the blowing plastic bag - only he's geotagged it and put in on a server for the world to see.
i was thinking how projects like WhereYouAre (which are already an interesting use of available user-based technology), attached to something like http://neighbornode.net/index.html have really interesting implications.
i think, getting to Ricardo's last question, Google Earth© needs its version of postcolonial critics... like Coco, Ricardo and Alex and Angel.
best - ryan

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