Iva Kirova

participatory project, 2019

Through a series of walks the artist investigates the effects of digital culture on personal ways of navigating the world together with the participants. In the current climate of sharing culture, people are using the Global Positioning System (GPS) to record their trips, workouts, pets, drones, cleaning robots etc., and share the resulting data with the rest of the world. A technology that was once a military resource is now constantly within reach. Along with the positive aspects, negative sides as well as numerous cases of privacy violation have become known. In the project the artist considers the nature of the digital traces people leave behind and familiarizes the audience with the different GPS tracking uses people employ to subvert and resist their power. By playfully engaging the public throughout the exhibition period, the artist invites participants to walk through the streets of Weimar, creating a collective drawing with their digital traces.