ecoarttech, Indeterminate Hikes+, Bilbao, Spain, 2012. Photo: Joya: Arte y Ecología
Join #ArtsTech and ecoarttech for a wilderness excursion through NYC’s pristine landscape guided by the Indeterminate Hikes+ mobile media app. Indeterminate Hikes+ is a collaborative performance and mobile-media app (iPhone/Android) that transforms everyday landscapes into sites of biocultural diversity and wild happenings.
Generally intended as devices made for rapid communication and consumerism, smartphones are reappropriated here by Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint of ecoarttech collaborative as tools of environmental imagination and meditative wonder. Indeterminate Hikes+ renews the user’s awareness of intertwining biological, cultural, and media ecologies, and slows hiker-participants down. The app works by importing the rhetoric of wilderness into virtually any place accessible by Google Maps, and encouraging users to treat these locales as spaces worthy of the attention accorded to sublime landscapes. Originally conceived for the Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition “Undercurrents: Experimental Ecosystems in Recent Art,” Indeterminate Hikes+ has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum, UCLA, MIT Media Lab, 319 Scholes, Parsons The New School for Design, Museo y Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (Spain), AlhóndigaBilbao (Spain), ISEA2012, re-new Digital Arts Festival (Copenhagen), and the Conflux Festival (NYC).
You don’t need a smartphone to participate!