Over the next month, Brighton is host to a GPS artwork/event, Running Stitch by Jen Southern & Jen Hamilton. Running Stitch is totally ambitious .. participants take a GPS-via-bluetooth-Mobile from the gallery, and walk the streets of Brighton. Their track is transmitted back to the gallery, and projected on a 25 sq meter tapestry hanging in the center, where volunteer seamsters sew the track in real time into the tapestry, climbing all over a two story scaffolding.
It’s a simple beautiful idea, capturing some of the great things I’ve seen in OpenStreetMap also. There’s an unusual awareness evoked by artifacting your own wanderings. And a real connection to the city and community.
This Monday, Fabrica is hosting a “Pecha Cucha” night. I’ll be presenting on OpenStreetMap, detailing on the rapid progress in Brighton. The other presenters look interesting, especially the people behind mybrightonandhove.org.uk, which I think has lots of complementaries to OpenStreetMap. See you there?