Leoni Fischer


„GPS tells you exactly
where 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 ways.

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.

 

 

// Creating a playful 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 the ideas of the situationist movement, the Home Recorder uses the metaphor

of „hit the pot“ to create a ludic sensual wayfinding experience.

The HomeRecorder holds room for a GPS logging module, a heating element and

a power supply. By pressing the button on the upper surface the user can save his position.

After that he is free to stroll through the city streets and really explore the life around him.

Once he wishes to return, the button is pressed again

to activate warm impluses that guide him back home.

More about the project on WalkyTaky

Thanks to Ariana Zilliacus

Exhibited at Summaery 2019 // Bauhaus University Weimar