Leoni Fischer

 → „GPS tells you exactlywhere you are but it doesn‘t orient you at all.

We come out of a tube station we pull out our phones

and we get lost at that point „ (Will Self“)


↔ Questioning today‘s navigation habits


The constant use of smartphones in urban areas not only leads

to an increased risk for accidents, it also severely limits the living

quality and experience of our surroundings. Walking heads down

through the city we can perceive only little of the life that happens

on the streets around us. Guided along the same „fastest route“ by

the satNav apps on our Smatphones again and again, we unlearn

to orient ourselves individually and lose the courage to freely explore

new paths. This misuse of contemporary navigation technology and the

resulting inability to travel even regular distances by foot is a stifling

factor that contributes to a lack of personal empowerment.


                              ↓ How to create a sensual wayfinding experience ?


→ The Home Recorder is an exploration tool for the urban space. Like a Talsiman you can

carry it with you along the journey. Tugged into a pocket its cool and smooth surface and

rounded shape comforts the palm and offers a subtle sense of security and reassurement that

you can always find your way back to the starting point. Borrowed from the world of play and

ideas of the situationists,  Home Recorder uses the metaphor of „hit the pot“ to create a ludic

sensual wayfinding experience. It holds room for a GPS logging module, a heating element and

a power supply. By pressing the button on the upper surface the position is saved. You are now

free to stroll through the city streets andexplore the life around you. Want to go home?

Press the button again to activate the warm impluses that guide you back home.


↓ Hit The Pot, 1744, Pietro Longhi

→ More about the project on WalkyTaky

Thanks to Ariana Zilliacus

Exhibited at Summaery 2019

 Bauhaus University Weimar