Menen, 19 augustus Brussel, 1 & 2 september Turnhout, 8 & 9 september Zutendaal, 15 en 16 september Herzele, 25 & 26 augustus

Walking with satellites

Introductions to the act of creative drawing and mapping with GPS. 
Walkshop B05: ZONDAG 19.08 - 14:30 - 17:00 (Menen) 
Walkshop B06: ZONDAG 2.09 - 10:30 - 13:30 (Brussels)
Walkshop B17: ZONDAG 2.09 - 15:30 - 18:30 (Brussels) - EXTRA WALKSHOP!

 Jeremy WOOD - gps-meridian 03d


Let’s make a collaborative map of a place we’ve all travelled so far to get to. Travel is narrative. We begin by leaving a place, we then give structure through navigational decisions that shape our experiences, and ultimately the act of journey comes to an end. This story will be built from collective drawings with GPS and then reading what is revealed from the combined results.

GPS drawing is about the movement of the body and the experience of 1:1 scale mapping. It’s a process that can create a quality of line that might be straight and smooth through one place and be complex and intricate in another. It can form a density of travel by scribbling round and round in one spot or by hatching and crosshatching over an area; much like one can do with a pencil. Whilst there are investigations into rediscovering and reinterpreting ‘given’ pedestrian paths there must be a counter practice of stepping off and away from the routes and ruts that dictate our travels. Pathscapes can be revealed by travelling along them, but more can be seen through the context of their vicinity. It’s about the way we see and use the space around us and how it informs our sense of place. Act like a geodesic mark maker by choosing collision points and bouncing off physical obstructions. Go to the boundaries and seek the perimeters of traversable space. Find out what’s at the permissible edge and steer away from the pre-designed flow. Don’t go where the paved paths lead you, step off and go perpendicular. Even the short-cut ruts in the grass are well pounded trenches. We will make individual drawings and collaborative maps while walking. The GPS files of the results will be freely available.

IN MENEN 19/8/12: We will be looking at the difficulties of walking freely in a limited space and taking advantage of our own manoeuvrability. With GPS we will map our explorations and form a new structure within a strictly designed totalitarian topography. The experience will hopefully be as frustrating for the participants as it will be rewarding when they see the results. It will encourage a counter intuitive approach to navigating the available space

IN BRUSSELS 2/9/12: This workshop will offer an opportunity to create freestyle GPS drawing in an open space and encourage a pictorial approach to journey. Walking shapes, it’s what we do every day, sometimes more economically than others. What would our travels look like if we were to leave logic aside and not worry about the quickest and shortest routes between places? If we allowed more time and humour for our journeys, what might we gain from them?

PARTICIPANTS 10 participants for the workshop in Menen, 20 participants in Brussels.

PRICE Participation is free, but registration is compulsory

WHAT TO BRING? If you have a Garmin handheld GPS or Open GPS Tracker for Android, bring them along. Jeremy will bring some GPS equipment himself. Indicate with ‘Remarks’ on the registration form what equipment you will bring.

WHEN/WHERE: In Menen, Sunday 19 August, 14:30 – 17:00 (B05) CC De Steiger, Waalvest 1. In Brussels, Sunday 2 September, 10:30-13:30 (B06) and 15:30-18:30 (B17) @ Kids farm of Parc Maximilien, Schipperijkaai 21 Quai du Batelage.

SEE ALSO Jeremy Wood en www.jeremywood.net

REGISTRATION VIA www.sideways2012.be/nl/workshops  with registration code B05 en/of B06

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