proposal for action: An appeal to geo-tag local videos in order to create new stories and maps of Skopje.
Physically geo-tag a video that you find on YouTube that you would like to be tagged. Take a screen shot of the video, make a sign with the link and the message “please give this video a geo-tag”. Hold the sign at the physical location where the video should be. Make a video document of this intervention, put it on YouTube and geo-tag it. Continue reading
Here is a compiled map of our two day research conducted during the New Geographies workshop. A full list of the videos with the comments are included here, here, here, here and here. Continue reading
Make an audio recording of some comments related to one of the videos we viewed. Place this comment on the map right next to the video.
Contact some of the people and interview them. Ask them why, how and for whom they made the video.
Choose three videos from three different genres, or from the different categories that we created based on the videos we found. Do a further analysis of how much it has been watched and how location is related to content. Encourage the users whose content you like the best to grow their collection and add more to the map. Continue reading
Before starting the second day’s research, we discussed our findings from the first day. Participants were asked to comment on what we looked at: what kind of reality was being depicted, what were the dominant voices, what could be considered locally specific, what was speaking more universally. They were also asked to comment on what they would like to reflect on, debate or change. If there was something they could not see in the map, then what was it? What would they like to see instead? This is a summary from my notes taken while the conversation was taken place. Continue reading
Today I continued the workshop in Skopje with another day of exploring the city via the locating and watching of geo-tagged videos. We decided to devote two days to this research which will provide the material towards developing projects and final presentations. Here are the findings for today: Continue reading
Comment: We know this person, he works for the radio and he’s in Elena’s exhibition. What is the relation to the marker? I think he’s marked where he lives. At least he lives in this municipality. His name is Ivan Ivanovski. Continue reading
Comment: Please can we see something less political Continue reading
The first day of the “New Geographies” workshop began with an introduction by the participants followed by a presentation of my work. We then jumped right into an exploration of Skopje via the geo-tagged videos that are being published in the city. The method is very simple. We select certain areas of the city and see what is there, from very urban areas to neighborhoods that are more on the outskirts. We then have conversations around the videos as we watch them together. We will follow this initial research with more deeper analysis, but here are a few observations and notes on what we have discovered so far. The groupings for the first day’s research are loosely based around local politics, everyday ephemera, and local personalities and friends. Continue reading
From 23-27 November, 2010 I will be leading a workshop “New Geographies” at the Cultural Center CK in Skopje, Macedonia. The workshop is organized by NGO Kontrapunkt and Line I+M and supported by the Geothe Institute, Skopje and the Robert Bosch foundation.
The ever increasing proliferation of media generated through the collective use of mapping and image-making platforms are creating new ways of seeing and exploring the world. The “New Geographies” workshop will present practical, participatory and theoretical examples of how city views are being created through the use of image-making and mapping technologies. How is Skopje depicted through video and the cartographic perspective? In what way does it relate to the city as experienced from the ground level? How might one create a discursive space through critical debate around the relation of media to urban space? This workshop will focus on Skopje where a research will be carried out using geo-tagged video. Participants will observe the city to gain an understanding and sense of the conditions concerning placement of media within the urban environment, using this research to determine in what other ways Skopje could and should be depicted. This will take the form of an initial exploration and cartographic study of the local space, followed by production of videos and urban interventions and ending with a final public presentation where we share the workshop results through collaborative storytelling.
Technologies: YouTube and Google Earth