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Laika’s Dérive/Dog’s DeTour is a new media locative data-mapping work by Sarah Waterson about interspecies communication, collaboration and knowledge. Community participants and their dogs use an electronic mapping system (custom iphone app-GPS, accelerometer, interval timed and geo tagged photography) within their local area. The data collected is incorporated into the online mapping and visualisation system (website) together with the participant narrative and profiles. This work engages cross species sensing to explore a psychogeography of place.

sketch for this project was produced during the Kiss Club incubator residency at the Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia. Feb 2010.(A minisite for the project prototype can be found here).

A version of this project was exhibited/run in Sydney, Australia in 2011. Laika’s Dérive Sydney was part of the Performance Space’s WALK project. WALK is a season of walks, promenades, marches and strolls in and around Sydney and beyond.

The android mobile phone application and harness system was developed during a residency at Blast Theory, UK, June- July 2011.

The latest iteration, Laika’s Dérive London is hosted by Furtherfield, London, UK.

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