Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman
Geolocation: Tributes to the Data Stream
We use publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts and make photographs to mark the location in the real world. Each of these photographs is taken on the site of the update and paired with the originating text. Our act of making a photograph anchors and memorializes the ephemeral online data in the real world and also probes the expectations of privacy surrounding social networks. We select texts that reveal something about the personal nature of the users’ lives or the national climate, while also examining the relationship to physical space and the ways in which it influences online presence.
Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman’s collaborative work focuses on the cultural understanding of distance as perceived in modern life and network culture. Their projects were recently featured in Wired’s Raw File, NPR’s The Picture Show, Gizmodo, the New York Times, Hotshoe Magazine, the Washington Post, Utne Reader, the British Journal of Photography, the BBC News, and Marketplace Tech Report. Solo exhibitions include Blue Sky in Portland, Light House in the UK, United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, and the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas. Selections have been shown at the FotoFestiwal in Poland, the Athens Photo Festival in Greece, the Houston Center for Photography, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Moscow International Biennale in Russia, RAIQ in Montréal, Peloton in Australia, and Conflux Festival in NYC. Their work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Portland Art Museum. They were recently artists-in-residence at Light Work and completed a site-specific series of billboards for the 2012 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Public Art Commission.