Monday, April 04, 2005

Oh Where, Oh Where?

I checked out the Conversational Location Project by J Gabriel Lloyd today

This performance piece featured at Glowlab has a goal - to find Jenny, an old school friend purported to be working somewhere in Boston, through conversations with strangers.

Lloyd takes a friend, a camcorder and a sign and begins his journey to find the elusive Jenny through the power of person to person networking. He takes to the streets of Boston, an unfamiliar city, and begins asking passers by if they know Jenny or know where he might begin looking for her.

I love the idea behind this project. In attempting to find his lost friend, Lloyd is making connections that map out the city in a winding narrative. I don't like the sign and suit that he uses as legitimating devices (it makes him look like a salesman or a missionary) and would have preferred him in jeans and a backpack. He may have gotten better responses as well.

This is supposedly the first of a series of such performances so he may yet perfect his style. Nevertheless, I was quite happy to run into it. If you check it out, don't forget to click on the Play Media link above his picture.

While you're at it, you may also want to check out There There by Jackie Goss on Cabinet Magazine's Web Art Projects page - an engaging journey through the ideological manipulations of mapmaking


Blogger Zeke's, the Montreal Art Gallery said...


He could probably save himself some trouble and time by dialing 613 (I think that's the Boston area code) 867-5309. Or if he wanted to take advantage of this new technology stuff, he could just click here.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...


Har, har, har. Smartass!

11:24 AM  

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