Directions to Nowhere in Particular is a game of chance that alters the ways you sense, make, and navigate public space. Anyone can play. Simply go outside, pick a random prompt, and follow the directions for interacting with your surroundings. Perhaps you’ll learn something new or create something special that you’ll want to share with others.
At some level, this project investigates how we might conceive of publics in our contemporary cyber-physical world. In the disarray of digital-physical hybridity, many activities can seem purely digital when they in fact have significant real world consequences, and vice versa. Directions to Nowhere proposes ways of toying with the overlaps and boundaries — (mis)using everyday digital tools to produce new techno-poetic moments in society (or socio-poetic moments in technology) — playfully, so that we might encounter a glimpse of what a hybrid public space could be.
The prompts are also just for fun, a sometimes absurd move to tear away the wool of the everyday and notice what you notice. Hopefully, in that way, they can prompt us all to weave a more textured public fabric — online, offline, and all between the lines.
At a park, and all the furniture and amenities come to life Fantasia- style.
Determine which is the:
- Fairy guardian
- Awkward friend
- Campy villain who hates children
- Sassy robot
- Absent-minded professor
Among neighbours, a shared spreadsheet listing everyone's knowledge, skills, experiences, and expertise.
Make chatbots personifying:
Configure them to communicate with each other and the public.
At a vacant lot, come up with three ideas for what should develop here.
What does your community desire?
Create an online poll.
Share with neighbours and city council.
Stage a performance of Simon Weckert’s "Google Maps Hacks” wherein 99 second hand smartphones are transported in a handcart to generate a virtual traffic jam in Google Maps.
Four people in different cities each find an intriguing door or gateway.
Each door is a portal; if you enter one, you exit another.
At a specified time, the collective thinks about this deeply.