Location: ByWard zone
Description: ‘Mapping People’ is a new media interactive projection where viewers trigger a triangulated map through their presence in space, generating a real-time drawing that continually evolves. This installation is a participant-driven projection that aims to engage HYPE space through movement and explores the potential for exchanges and new experiences.
In this “Leave-No-Trace” event, this project documents an experiential trace where the audience and their collective experience will draw a path and record a journey. An individual mark is made, but many paths cross over, accumulating over time and eventually dissolving. Without the audience, the projection remains dormant with only the fading points of the last visitors, waiting for the HYPE space to be activated once again.The projection and drawing expands and diminishes with the crowds and the varying gestures of excitement or stillness.
Bio: This is a collaborative project of multidisciplinary artists Riaz Mehmood and Julie Cosgrove. ‘Mapping People’ is a customized program that tracks viewers in a given space creating a live drawing. Through the use of technology such as the computer programming and data collection, motion sensors and projector, ‘Mapping People’ hints at the ubiquitous nature of technology, surveillance, documenting, and its significance in our collective knowledge of place and space. As the audience’s motion is detected and triangulated, a drawn projection and path is seen. It is self-referential in that it acknowledges the irony of an audience viewing art, when they are in fact viewing themselves. The projection is confined by our parameters, but also depends on active participation.
We are interested in the overlap of knowledge acquisition and technology, as well as broader themes of identity, history, media, and navigation of place and space.