Mark Shepard’s Sentient City Survival Kit explores the social, cultural
and political implications of ubiquitous computing in urban
environments. It consists of a collection of artifacts, spaces and media
designed to facilitate survival in the sentient city of the near
future. As computing leaves the desktop and spills out onto the city’s
sidewalks, streets and other public spaces, information processing
becomes embedded in and distributed throughout the material fabric of
everyday urban space. This project aims to raise awareness of the
implications for privacy, autonomy, trust and serendipity in the highly
observant, ever-more-efficient, over-coded city.
The Serendipitor Walks
are part of the Sentient City Survival Kit. Serendipitor is an
alternative navigation app for the iPhone that helps the user find
something through looking for something else. The app combines
directions generated by a routing service with instructions for action
and movement inspired by Fluxus, Vito Acconci, Yoko Ono and others.
Enter an origin and a destination and the app will map a route between
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