Installing exhibition prints of Larson/Shindelman’s ACP Public Art project today at Big House Gallery.
Excerpt from a Q&A on ArtsATL.com with Larson/Shindelman about Geolocation: Atlanta, their twitter-based public art / billboard installation project for ACP 2012.
ArtsATL: Where are the billboards located?
Shindelman: All up and down I-75, I-85 and I-20. The photos and tweets all happened within a mile of the billboards.
ArtsATL: How did you obtain the tweets?
Shindelman: It’s all in the public timeline of Twitter. These are people using GPS; their phones tag their exact locations.
Larson: Everything is located using a cell phone these days. The idea of place is deeply embedded in the culture of cell phones.
ArtsATL: What do you do when you arrive at the sites?
Shindelman: We look at it like an editorial project. Our parameters are to make a photo that somehow interacts with the text. We might photograph where the person is tweeting from or what they might’ve been looking at.
Larson: We start making decisions about how to make it an interesting picture. We could have the best tweet in the world, but if we can’t make a good picture then it usually gets edited out.