Walking a Line: Mapping the Days from ‘Digital Threads’ 2007


form ‘Digital Threads’ a website project organized by the Textile Museum of Canada and curated by Sarah Quinton:

Walking a Line: Mapping the Days

GPS tracks statement 2007

These lines were captured as tracks with a hand-held GPS. They represent simple daily activities, driving to work, shopping, visiting friends, walking around the neighbourhood or riding a bike around the park. Some ordinary trips create interesting lines, while some beautiful journeys create tracks lacking visual interest. The emerging patterns anchor my memory and trace narratives with simple lines. With the absence, in most cases of specific representational imagery, the simple line creates a memory track. The imagery used then represents both real and imaginary spaces, facilitated by the Internet and other tools of mediation.

The GPS tracks represent patterns, real lived patterns of daily life and at the same time are evocative abstract shapes; generally if when I return to a home base, these tracks create a shape with a volume. And although invisible in the work, my body is agent of these drawings. The tracks, allow me to move in time and space to create links between the activities that shape my daily experiences.

I am interested in satellites and Geographical Positioning System with their histories, as military spy tools. Technologies don’t necessarily end up as initially designated, as happened also with the Jacquard loom designed to weave ‘flowers and leaves’ and it that lead to the development of the computer. As in my earlier work I am still interested in a blurring of lines between global perspectives and domestic spaces. Science and technology are part of daily life and I am interested to explore what it can offer creatively.

“Walking a Line’ is part of ‘Digital Threads’ a web project involving 5 artists, hosted by the Textile Museum of Canada, launched in fall 2007.