Geolocation: DUMBO is 190 Feet of Twitter-Inspired Public Art

Geolocation: DUMBO is a new Twitter-inspired public art piece from photographers and self-described "virtual flâneurs" Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman. Wrapping 190ft around the corner of Washington & Prospect, this work was commissioned by the DUMBO Improvement District in collaboration with United Photo Industries (the fabulous team behind Photoville and the popular (super)Heroes fence).


Like Casey Opstad's Watergate painting in the Archway, Geolocation: DUMBO embraces the neighborhood's digital culture. To create the piece, Larson and Shindelman used publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts and make photographs to mark the location in the real world. Each of the photographs is taken on the site of the update and paired with the originating text. According to the artists, the "act of making a photograph anchors and memorializes the ephemeral online data in the real world and also probes the expectations of privacy surrounding social networks." Local sites depicted in the piece include Brooklyn Bridge Park, Etsy and the parking garage at 20 Jay.


Geolocation: DUMBO will be installed on September 18 and displayed through Fall 2014. The piece was produced in partnership with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. For additional information about the project, click here.