P r e / a m b l e:
A 2 day festival of Art and Psychogeography

NOVEMBER 1 & 2, 2003

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Western Front
Upgrade 2.0
Special Airplane
Kate Armstrong
Year Zero One

What is Psychogeography?
Algorithmic Psychogeography
Guy Debord's Theory of the Derive
Why Psychogeography?
Social Fiction
GPSter: Karlis Kalnins

T A L K : The Gallery of the Miraculous : A Surrealist Location-Awareness Installation
Presented by a member of the Locative Media Lab
Western Front
Date: Sunday, November 2, 2003
Time: 2 pm

Part art gallery, part treasure hunt the 'Gallery of the Miraculous' is a mobile art gallery the coordinates of which can be shifted by changing its locative parameters. A member of the Locative Media Lab will appear at Pre/amble to talk about 'The Gallery of the Miraculous' and how it follows in the tradition of the Surrealists' Search for the Miraculous for which one needed the Glass of the Magi see the work. The "gallery" is in fact an empty space sectioned off, like a circus tent, by a geographic bounding box visible only to those aware of its parameters. Within this space, attendants search for 'miraculous' without a map, they may, however, leave instructions behind for others to find. Yet, like the proverbial breadcrumb trail, with time, the once clear trails become absorbed into the environment, their messages becoming scrambled.

The Gallery of the Miraculous is a wireless cartography installation that uses the WhereFi location-sensing technology developed by the Locative. Locative's WhereFi can turn an inexpensive local wireless, or WiFi, networks into location-based experience that is accurate to several meters. WhereFi listens for WiFi access points, if it can hear at three or more it can triangulate their time of arrival and creates a unique location footprint. This footprint is annotated to a map of the space that is then resolved to a universal coordinate system and entered into a geo-annotation database.


Karlis Kalnins is based in Vancouver where he serves as a technical director for several web-based art and activist projects. He took his degree from Simon Fraser University where he studied the cognitive sciences. Since 1995 he has worked extensively for international drug policy reform, developing projects for Vancouver businessman and activist Marc Emery that have been featured on CBC, CNN and in Time Magazine.

In 2001 Karlis founded Locative Media Labs with Marc Tuters to explore the field of user generated cartography and locative media, these efforts resulting in GPSter (2001), Geograffiti (2002) and now Where-FI (2003). Their work has been presented internationally at conferences and new media festivals including: IMPAKT (Utrecht), Media Architecture (Riga), Collaborative Cartography (London), VSMM (Berkeley + Montreal), Next 5 Minutes, E-Culture Fair (Amsterdam) and others.