reMap is a proposal for an iPhone application. The project was inspired by the French philosopher Guy Debord whose theory of psychogeography was to “[invent] strategies for exploring cities…just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape.” (Debord)
A user walks according to a previous users directions and geotags their photographs and then leaves directions for the next user resulting in a collaborative and unpredictable ground level mapping project.
The project began by coming up with an algorithm to explore the urban environment by walking and photographing a participants surroundings. Each participant (over thirty people) was asked to walk the following directions from any starting point in their city: 1) walk west 2) take your first right 3) take your first left 4) take your first right 5) stop. These were the only restrictions. A participant was then encouraged to take photographs at any point along their walk. Some of the cities covered were: Boston, Paris, Auckland, Santiago de Chile, and Tokyo.