Collective Mapping of Public Space

This research formed paft of the SPACES exhibition of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, for which I presented the Dutch entry.

Six mapping sessions were organised for which visitors of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space could subscribe. My aim was to closely observe and collectively map peoples daily ‘performances’ on the old town square of Prague, over the course of three days and at different moments of the day. Participants in the workshop were invited to use an application for a mobile phone that was designed for this purpose.

The tool in the application had brushes incorporated; the legend of the map. Each brush represented a different ‘performer’ in public space that the cartographers mapped, by following a person of this category for a period of time. It was collectively decided upon which categories were interesting to map for the specific moment of the day, after which the cartographers spread over the square and started mapping collectively. The map was constructed over time, slowly revealing the ephemeral movement patterns that take place on the square. The longer the cartographer stood still, the thicker the line on the map became, allowing the more dynamic aspect of velocity and time to be visualised.

Observing the square from this perspective – where public space is presented as a work of scenography – is a novel approach for scenographers, opening possibilities for scenographers to work in the context of public space. I was able to explore how this research approach could offer a potentially interesting perspective for the field of scenography and to explore the overall potentials of this method (a very direct way of mapping) in which the  phone was used as an ethnographic mapping device.

June 2015

Photos of the workshop:

invitation

PQ 15, BETWEEN REALITIES, WALK, N. Bueno de Mesquita Between Realities_walk Between Realities_walk

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23Jun

Collective mapping of public performers, old town square Prague. 23rd of June 10:30 a.m and 15:30 p.m. Turquoise = Officials, Blue = Maintenance, Green = Tourist guides, Gold = Adolescents

24JuneM
Collective mapping of public performers, old town square Prague. 24th of June 10:30 a.m. Turquoise = Maintenance, Blue = Segway, Green = Locals’ throughfares, Gold = Homeless

24JunA

Collective mapping of public performers, old town square Prague. 24th of June 15:30 p.m. Turquoise = Officials, Blue = Segway, Green = People selling things, Gold = Babies

25Jun

Collective mapping of public performers, old town square Prague. 25th of June 10:30 a.m and 15:30 p.m. Turquoise = Officials, Blue = Lovers, Green = Suitcases, Gold = Animals

Launched in June 2015
Development of application by Iván Fuciños Calle