Crossroads, a one-day transmedia documentary based on data

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Crossroads #7, 2012 Custom Software, People And Gps Data 18x24 © BlueFuzz LLC 2012
Crossroads, a one-day transmedia documentary based on data
Curated by: Ralph Brown

1420 N Milwaukee Ave
b/t Wood St & Wolcott Ave in Wicker Park
Chicago, IL 60622
January 27th, 2012 - February 10th, 2012
Opening: January 27th, 2012 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

(312) 880-7421
data-visualization mixed-media digital, installation, graffiti/street-art, video-art, performance, conceptual


Can a car accident, a pap smear or a visit to the police station be considered a piece of art?

On November 25th 2011 (Black Friday), 35 Chicago strangers agreed to take part in Crossroads, a one day transmedia documentary based on their data. They each went somewhere they'd never been before and wrote a story about the day's experience. The artist, Maria Scileppi, uses custom software to visualize their GPS data and combines it with their individual narratives and portraits to create a collective story that reveals a hidden, one-of-a-kind pattern.

On January 27th 2012 the participants will meet each other and see what they created together. The collective story in the form of a 20 minute movie, selected prints and a compilation book will be on display from 7pm to 11pm at RGB Lounge. The price of entry into the event is participation in an ad-hoc social game based on a data visualization that will connect everyone that shows up to the opening. The exhibition will be up from January 27th through February 10th. 

The adventures documented in this work include stumbling upon a Louis Vuitton purse discarded in the bushes, a visit to the clinic, a brokenhearted woman buying a fish, dogs that don't share, spending time with friends, confronting a nightmare, watching the city come alive at midnight for Black Friday, driving back to reality, a minor panic attack at Daley Plaza, riding to know where in particular on the "el", a tour of all 11 places once called home, leaving $100 tips at past waitress jobs, getting a cavity filled, taking the train to the Murder capital of the Chicago, a tour of cemeteries....a day of contrasts.