InfoSpace

by Jon King

Visualizing student and faculty use of a college campus in an embodied manner by combining the paths of volunteers in a projected, spatial display.

InfoSpace is an architectural thesis project exploring the use of locative media to navigate the built environment. The project is concerned with the social sharing of ubiquitously collected and geotagged information, such as by using services such as Foursquare and Instagram. The eagerness with which locative media has been socially adopted suggests that friends may soon consent to share their locative personal information more continuously.

InfoSpace will unravel the consequences of pedestrians perceiving these traces of activity while choosing where to walk on a college campus. Information collected will produce an embodied display that will allow an observer to see the paths of campus pedestrians "through" the walls of a studio space.

OpenPath information will be collected by faculty and student volunteers as they use the University at Buffalo south campus over the course of a few weeks. This information will be used to create a combined data visualization which will be projected in a studio space. The geographic scale of the project has been confined to the university's south campus to ensure that all information collected might be socially interesting to a pedestrian using the campus.

The computer used to access OpenPaths data and create a data visualization will be kept in a locked studio of a college campus. OpenPaths project data will be accessed on a secure network. The InfoSpace project account and location data collected using OpenPaths will be available only to myself. The volunteers submitting information to my project will remain anonymous.

Visual work which uses collected path information will feature as part of a published thesis paper.