indeterminate hikes+ (2012)
Indeterminate Hikes+, a mobile media app created by EcoArtTech, transforms everyday landscapes into sites of bio-cultural diversity and wild happenings through a series of walking tours. IH+ re-appropriates smartphones, which are generally used for rapid communication and consumerism, and turns them into tools of environmental imagination and meditative wonder, renewing awareness of biological, cultural, and media ecologies and slowing participants down at the same time. The app works by importing the rhetoric of wilderness into virtually any place accessible by Google Maps and encouraging its users to treat these locales as spaces worthy of the attention accorded to sublime landscapes, such as canyons and waterfalls.
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“Indeterminate Hikes are revelatory in their indeterminacy: the more indeterminate the hike, the more likely you are to discover things about yourself and your relationship to your harried lifestyle. You begin to discover things about your neighborhood that have been quietly hiding in plain sight for years and years…” –Indeterminate Hiker Nicole Sansone (for more participant responses click here.)
IH+ can be experienced in two ways: as a participatory public event led by ecoarttech-guides alongside our basecamp.exe installation or as a self-guided excursion taken by a hiker equipped with an IH+-enabled smartphone. Along the way, hikers text, tweet, and snap images in response to their surroundings.
Indeterminate Hikes+ (IH+) was part of a project originally conceived for the Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition, “Undercurrents: Experimental Ecosystems in Recent Art,” curated by Independent Studies Program Curatorial Fellows Anik Fournier, Michelle Lim, Amanda Parmer, and Robert Wuilfe, in 2010.
Since then, IH+ has been enjoyed by hikers with smartphones all over the world and by groups of hikers lead by ecoarttech at the following venues: IDEAS City, New Museum of Art, NYC, curated by and collaborating with Julia Kaganskiy of #ArtsTech / Museo y Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain, in collaboration with Joya: Arte y Ecología / MIT Media Lab, as part of Upgrade! Boston, curated by Jo-Ann Green of New Radio & Performing Arts, Inc. / “L.A.Re.Play,” at U.C.L.A. Design Media Arts Gallery, curated by Hana Iverson and Mimi Sheller / Conflux Festival, NYC, curated by Christina Ray / 319 Scholes, Brooklyn, during Bushwick Open Studios, curated by Igal Nassima and Lindsay Howard / Woodstock Digital Media Festival, curated by Joe McKay / “Art, Environment, Action!,” curated by Radhika Subramaniam, Parsons The New School for Design, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, NYC / “Wilderness 24/7,” solo exhibition at Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery, curated by Anja Chavez / Re-new Digital Arts Festival 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark / “Tactile Media” Hondakin Festival, at AlhóndigaBilbao, Bilbao, Spain, curated by Zaramari Urban Ecology, in collaboration with Joya: Arte y Ecología / “Machine Wilderness,” International Symposium on Electronic Art 2012, Albuquerque, New Mexico / The Feast, NYC, where we collaborated with renowned physicist Geoffrey West.
Software development: Polina Koronkevich / Created with the support and funding from the following organizations: New York State Council on the Arts (Media Art Distribution Funds), New York Foundation for the Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, University of Rochester, and Joya: Arte y Ecología. Special thanks to Joya for arranging the documentation of our collaborative Indeterminate Hikes in Bilbao, Spain.
Indeterminate Hikes is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Finishing Funds grant program, administered by free103point9 (www.NYSCA.org / www.free103point9.org).