Jen Hamilton
Since 2003
Works in Regina Canada

BIO
b. Toronto
stationed in: Regina, Saskatchewan
schooled: OCAD, Concordia University

Jen uses the gps to make installations. This collaborative work (done with UK artist Jen Southern) has been shown in Stratford-Upon-Avon and Regina Saskatchewan. In 2004 they gave a paper called "Distance Made Good: Liquid Spaces, at Ciber@rt Bilbao, and at the New Forms Festival, in Vancouver in October. New gps research was shown in September at Folly Gallery in Lancaster, UK. Latest news (as of Jan 05): Jen is the artist in residence at the Digital Research Unit at Huddersfield's Media Centre, and will be working on gps and other projects there until the end of March, 2005. Check out her AiR blog at: http://jen05-uk.blogspot.com for semi regular updates, woo hoo.
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Re: [Locative] Re: RHIZOME_RAW: Know Where You Are


Hi, I am just launching straight into these very interesting points, as
we all get ready to (probably) meet up at the PLAN conference next
week.

Maybe the GPS device, in the fact that it gives co-ordinates, helps you
to see, or remember to look where you are - the wide river to the side
of you as you sit by the cafe. The GPS coordinates are a very deficient
in describing a location; unidimensional desciptions don't give us much
to go on. Park rangers will tell you however, that ramblers are
constantly getting lost due to their sense of feeling invincible to the
terrain, on account of them having with them a GPS device in hand. I
know where I am, but that doesn't prevent me from becoming lost. Then
perhaps it's useful to look at the GPS device as a kind of agent. It
gets you off your feet and helps you explore a space in a wholly
different way, even if it means getting lost on the edge of a cliff.
Also, I think prisoners do, very much, know where they are, it's just a
limited geography, even if it's in a completely darkened room, four
foot squared; though, actually not having had the experience of
solitary confinement I don't know if that's exactly true. Maybe when
the senses are so stripped it becomes psychologically difficult, maybe
even impossible to have spatial bearings. Maybe that is why it is so
torturous to be in solitary confinement.

When I am feeling safe, and have a bit of time to spare, and I find
myself in a new city, I _love_ the feeling of being lost. I try to
remember that this will only last for a little while, and until I
realize I need to get somewhere and need to approach a stranger and ask
for directions (even if this means using sign language, and making
chicken scratchings on a napkin) I see and experience my being in a
location entirely differently than when I know where I am. This brings
to mind Calvino's Invisable Cities and that very funny German film
'Enlightenment Guaranteed'.

On 30 Jan 2005, at 04:23, Ivan Pope wrote:

> Hi Pall,
> Yes, I know of course, GPS information doesn't tell you 'where you
> are'. I wasn't really connecting the two in a literal sense. I just
> had this thought that knowing where you are might be a fundamental
> human right that is worth talking about. Thinking about this raises
> exactly the issue you raise: what information do you need to 'know
> where you are'.
> I'm interested in chrono-geography. That is, I like to look at
> location and time. There's another layer on knowing where you are,
> i.e. what date are you at etc.
> I'm interested in theoretical aspects of location and psychogeography.
> How would you define the information that anyone should be given in
> order that they 'know where they are'.
> Cheers,
> Ivan
>
> Pall Thayer wrote:
>
>>> Following a GPS visit to the Isle of Wight last week, I was
>>> wondering what the point of universal GPS was and where it would
>>> lead us. I had a huge thought: Knowing where you are is a
>>> fundamental human right.
>>
>>
>> True, it is a fundamental right. No one should be made to suffer the
>> perils of not knowing where they are. But the fundamental question
>> here is, "Does a GPS device tell us where we are?"
>>
>> How do we define location? If I tell you, in a casual phone
>> conversation (while you are sitting at a cafe with no maps on you),
>> that I'm at N58 24.10 E10 18.20, does that tell you where I am?
>>
>> If I'm lost in the desert somewhere and my trusty GPS device tells me
>> my coordinates, I'm no better off unless I can supplement it with
>> additional information and if I can, a simple compass would do me
>> just as much good.
>>
>> On the other hand, I might be able to tell you during our phone
>> conversation that to my left is a wide river, on the other side of
>> the river is big old church. On my right is a street with some
>> restaurants. Do you know where I am? Do I know where I am?
>>
>> Pall
>>
>> Ivan Pope wrote:
>>
>>> Following a GPS visit to the Isle of Wight last week, I was
>>> wondering what the point of universal GPS was and where it would
>>> lead us. I had a huge thought: Knowing where you are is a
>>> fundamental human right.
>>>
>>> We take this for granted as we generally know where we are.
>>> Who might not know where they are? Prisoners, patients, soldiers,
>>> children, workers, passengers --
>>> What do we mean by 'where we are'? I am in a University of Brighton
>>> lecture room, in the sculpture department, in the Grand Parade
>>> buildings, in south Brighton, in Brighton, on the south coast, in
>>> East Sussex, in Sussex, in the South East, in the South of England,
>>> in England, in Great Britain, in the United Kingdom, in norther
>>> Europe, in Europe, in the norther hemisphere, in the west, in the
>>> first world, on Earth -- etc
>>>
>>> How can we ensure we know where we are? What steps need to be taken
>>> to ensure people know where they are? What are the effects of not
>>> knowing where you are?
>>>
>>> Is the right to know where you are anywhere enshrined in law?
>>>
>>> And while I'm on the subject:
>>>
>>> I'm doing two GPS for Artists workshops with SCAN
>>> <http://www.scansite.org/scan.php?pid30>on Feb 19th at Quay Arts,
>>> Isle of Weight and on March 12 at New Greenham Arts so if you fancy
>>> a free day out with a GPS unit and a camera and an introduction to
>>> GPS for artists, please book up now.
>>>
>>>
>>> GPS for Artists, Ivan Pope workshop, 19/2/05 Quay Arts, Isle of
>>> Wight,
>>> UK; 12/3/05 New Greenham Arts, Berkshire UK
>>>
>>>
>>> Places still available and it is free to attend. Booking essential.
>>> Phone 01590 682824
>>>
>>> Ivan Pope presents A Locative Day Out
>>>
>>> The satellite based Global Positioning System (GPS) allows us to
>>> record basic information about their location, direction, altitude
>>> and speed. Using small hand held devices, artists can record and
>>> interpret this data to create mapping, locative, durational and
>>> other works. GPS allows us to take back knowledge of our
>>> whereabouts, and to annotate this knowledge, or to reuse it as we
>>> wish.
>>>
>>> Artists can use access to this locative data that forms the
>>> background to all our lives, to add another layer of information to
>>> work. Whether we want accurate information or chaotic
>>> disinformation, the gps satellites transmit unceasingly 24 hours a
>>> day, not caring whether we make use of their datastreams or not. We
>>> can anonymously take up their offering and convert it to human data.
>>>
>>> This one day live workshop will introduce the basic functioning of
>>> the GPS and demonstrate GPS devices and software along with digital
>>> cameras. Participants will be able to use GPS devices and digital
>>> cameras in the field to create their own personal mappings of the
>>> locality. These mappings will form the basis for a workshop in
>>> creating combined and annotated maps and images.
>>>
>>> We will spend the day looking at software and hardware and
>>> discussing psychogeographic and locative issues while making our own
>>> maps, playing gps games and adding to the global store of waypoints.
>>>
>>
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Jen

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