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Geolocation Dumbo

Geolocation Dumbo was a Twitter-inspired public art piece from photographers and self-described "virtual flâneurs" Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman. Wrapping 190ft around the corner of Washington & Prospect, this work was commissioned by the DUMBO Improvement District in collaboration with United Photo Industries.

Like Casey Opstad's Watergate painting in the Archway, Geolocation: DUMBOembraces the neighborhood's digital culture. To create the piece, Larson and Shindelman used publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts and make photographs to mark the location in the real world. Each of the photographs is taken on the site of the update and paired with the originating text. According to the artists, the "act of making a photograph anchors and memorializes the ephemeral online data in the real world and also probes the expectations of privacy surrounding social networks." Local sites depicted in the piece include Brooklyn Bridge Park, Etsy and the parking garage at 20 Jay.

It was installed in Dumbo from September 18, 2013 - October 2014 in partnership with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation's Art in the Parks Program. 

Presented in collaboration with the NYC Department of Transportation's Art Program.