By Jeff Knowlton, Naomi Spellman, and Jeremy Hight
At Concrete Feedback: Intersections of Sound and Space
Presented by LA Freewaves at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in downtown Los Angeles at 350 Merrick St. Entrance/parking on Fourth and Merrick Streets,
34’02.592 N Latitude 118’14.047 W Longitude.
"34 North 118 West’ is the first experiment that connects satellite navigation to narrative, allowing Ã«real time’ realization for the visitors of the cities of the world or new narration shapes that are modified as they are read." – Andrea Borgnino, for RAI italia, the premiere italian media channel (http://www.rai.it/RAInet/smartweb/cda/articolo/sw_articolo/0,2791,390,00.html)
DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK
"34 North 118 West" is a live computer based interactive narrative situated in downtown Los Angeles’ warehouse district. It’s a marriage of high-tech and story telling that uses a GPS device, Tablet PC and custom software to determine the viewers and deliver story components based on the users’ location.
The user sees a map of downtown Los Angeles on the screen. Faintly visible on the map are "hot spots" – the trigger points for the story segments and ambient sounds. As the viewer navigates the city streets she hears the voices and activities people who lived and worked in the area: a cook on 3rd street, a railroad worker on Sante Fe or a child at the corner of Stephenson and Hewitt. The terrain becomes interface, and the participant’s movement acts as input.
HOURS OF OPERATION: Each Saturday and Sunday from November 15 through December 22nd 1:00-4:00 p.m., and by Appointment.
See Website for updated schedule and further info: http://34N118W.net
The artists wish to thank Acer America Corp, Paceblade Corporation, and Viewsonic Technology for their generous support.
BIOGRAPHIES OF PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Naomi Spellman (concept, visuals, administration) is a transmedia artist whose works include networked art, video and interactive works, and graphic prints. She is currently running the "Camera to Computing" Program at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Jeff Knowlton (concept and programming) shows online and in galleries and symposiums internationally. His work was included in Siggraph2000, New Orleans and Imagine2001, Gavle, Sweden. His interactive VRML work "Reading the Future" was a commission from the Centre for Global Dialogue in Rueschlikon Switzerland He is a recipient of a NEA & Rockefeller Foundation Grant. Jeff teaches at the Art Institute of Los Angeles in Orange County and Antelope Valley College.
Jeremy Hight (concept and writing) is an internationally published writer and poet who has created numerous works for multimedia and for exhibition. A recent collaborative work, "Hike Hike Hike" is currently touring animation festivals worldwide. He currently teaches Writing for Multimedia at Mission College in Los Angeles.