Dérive App and the Dérive Platform are two projects that have emerged from my want to create an online urban exploration application inspired by situationist thought around urbanism. The Situationist dérive is an random, unplanned, journey through an urban landscape that uses psychogeography as a tool for the exploration of an urban space. With the help of mobile connectivity it is possible to create subjective new layers to the experience of the dérive. Thus the Dérive application uses submitted task cards and a random image generator to deliver these tasks to a user at 3min intervals. This constant dealing of task cards is meant to aid the urban-dweller in forgetting about their everyday, practical, interactions with their city, but rather to immerse themselves in a new, purely experiential use of their public urban space that could lead to new found spaces, new spatial dynamics, new connections between people.
The Dérive Platform project was created as an open-source repository in which all the code for the project is available to the public for re-use. The opening of this platform allows for multiple subjectivities to enter the project either by adding to the Dérive app or by creating rhizomatic offshoots that better represent these diverging points of view.
Find out more and use the application at:www.deriveapp.com
Made Possible By:
UNIDEE, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto
UNESCO-Aschberg Artist Bursary
2017 The New Situationists, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, USA.
2012 Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good. U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Venice, Italy.
2012 Dériving an Imaginary City- Art Micro Patronage (Online)
2011 UNIDEE in Progress – Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, Italy)
World Summit Award – Mobile Content 2012 for Culture and eTourism