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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Inspiration of the Week: Geocaching

Geocaching is an online project which encourages audience participation.

Geocaching logo

I stumbled on this site whilst searching for various tracking methods as research for my final project. The reason that I looked into it more was because I want to make my piece include something to do with maps and have an element of audience participation.
How geocaching works is that participants can either "hide or seek" a geocache. The main point of it is once a geocache has been hidden, seekers may try to find it by using GPS coordinates and once found sign the logbook.
I really love the idea behind this project as it can get everyone on the planet involved, which even means that you can participate even when you are on your travels.
Projects like these remind me of the Situationists and their theory of derive and psychogeography as both of these look at the environment around us and encourage us to participate within it more rather than "drifting". I think this method is particularly fun and engaging.
The site even offers the chance for users to attend "Geotours" which are tours around unique areas designed to get users introduced to new locations whilst adding the idea of geocaching.

NB - all photographs here have been taken from the original Geocaching site:
I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

So that's all for now, I'll update you all on my project work at the start of next week I've jut been a little snowed under with an essay to write and a PDP hand in, but all is well now and I am back on track (I hope :P )

Róisín- x

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