Virtual Cartography: forget interstices; float impersonally | Illiez Planche

“ Street Apnea seeks to comment on our eagerness to abdicate agency and awareness in favour of immediacy, efficiency and convenience, for example by outsourcing our decision-making to technological devices. An instance of this phenomenon can be found in the unreflective use of cartographic applications such as Google Maps.

This performance is a week-long durational experiment of sensory and social deprivation, following this technosocial trajectory to its paroxysmal destination, the climactic singularity of techno-phenomenological integration at the expense of public presence and spontaneous circumstance. A virtual reality headset was donned upon leaving functionally or intentionally delimited places, whether private, professional or commercial, doffed only when another such place was reached. As such, the transitional space between destinations was ignored, obviated and/or transcended.”

The real power of site-specific work is that it somehow activates, or engages with, the narratives of the site in some kind of way. (Pearson)