Drawing the City – Recording Movement. A GPS and Map-making workshop

Prof. Daniel Belasco Rogers
Drawing the City – Recording Movement. A GPS and Map-making workshop

Block seminar, English/Deutsch, 2 SWS, 2 ECTS
Saturdays/Sundays, at 7./8.5. and 14./15.5.2022, each 10-17 h, Hardenbergstr. 33, room 102

Have you ever wondered what patterns you are making during your daily life? Do you want to know how to record your daily journeys? Do you want to know more about making your own maps with free and open source software? Do you have a project in which recording outdoor movement would be useful?

Daniel Belasco Rogers and Sophia New, guest professors at Studium Generale, have a life-long project recording their daily movements with GPS. In this workshop, Daniel will introduce his own practice, including a sonification of the GPS system, talk about the history of GPS art with works by Jeremy Woods, Esther Polak, Jan Southern, Simon Faithfull, Tim Knowles and Christian Nold who have all used GPS in their work.

The practical aspect of the workshop will go into details of understanding the GPS system enough to use it as an artistic tool, what mobile phone apps are best for logging position and how to represent what you record using map-making software. We will generate our own drawings and explore ways to present them.

Requirements for the ungraded Studium Generale credits: Regular, active participation.

The British artists Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers have been based in Berlin since 2001 and working together under the name plan b since 2002. They start a guest professorship at the Studium Generale in Autumn 2020. “Our work crosses the boundaries between visual art, new media, performance, installation and socially engaged practice. It has been shown in festivals, exhibitions, theatres and on the streets of many different cities. We consider what we do to be site specific and relationship specific. Alongside participatory and performative projects we also have developed strategies to share our practice in educational contexts on a number of different courses in Germany and abroad.” More information about Daniel Belasco Rogers on https://www.udk-berlin.de/personen/detailansicht/person/show/daniel-belasco-rogers/.