Introduction: Landmarkings - Social Art Project
This is a group dedicated to documenting and mapping litter surrounding local and national landmarks.
When visiting a landmark we often overlook the peripheral space and interactions. By pointing one's camera down and away from the landmark we can begin to explore the traces left behind, creating a new experience altogether. By uploading the "data" to an online site, we can collectively document and catalog alternative experiences. In doing so we transform the landmark into a social space, comprehending the site beyond its purpose as a tourist attraction.
Would you like to participate? Visit a local landmark and mark the litter you find in chalk (using a circle, square, or triangle to denote the object's function). Take a picture of the object and pick it up to dispose of later. Keep a list to describe the objects photographed and later dispose of them at a proper garbage/recycling receptacle. Contribute to the documentation of these spaces by uploading your photos to our Flickr.com group. Please "geolocate" your findings to the best of your ability.
The chalk can be found at any number of local stores but if you would like I have assembled sets of all of the chalk colors for sale (at cost) on etsy.
Check out the Flickr site!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN:
go to the Flickr "Landmarkings" group site
Thank you for participating!
Step 1: Marking the Litter
By going to a "landmark" in your city and circling the small bits of litter you give people a chance to re-encounter the smaller spaces they often overlook.
It starts with looking for anything you would call litter (maybe exclude cigarette butts since they are much, much too numerous and will take up all of your time). Here's Zoe in Millenuim Park - Chicago on the hunt for some good items:
When you find something MARK IT!!
There's three shapes that are nice and simple to surround the piece of litter in: Circle, Triangle, and Square
Make each of the shapes pertain to a different category of that object.
For example my friend Zoe chose:
CIRCLE - Litter associated with the body (food, tissues, a comb, etc)
SQUARE - Litter that conveys or represents information ((receipts, clothes tags, maps, etc)
TRIANGLE - Litter dealing with the material nature of the object (interesting peice of aluminum, a peice of yarn)
*BE CREATIVE - what do these objects convey to you within these categories?
Here's Zoe on the hunt!:
Burger King receipt
Step 2: Descriptions and Location
Write down (or remember) a brief description of what it was you found. This will be useful when your pictures get to Flickr because people can start to make connections between the litter and the places. Also try to remember WHERE you found it specifically for later as well. (I usually print out a closeup off GoogleMaps, quick n easy!
I've posted one of my note sheets above. It helps to go with a friend so they can take the notes while you have your hands full.
Collect the item after you shot your photo and got its description and place in a bag for later. Reused grocery bags are perfect for this. Dispose at the end of your collection session.
Step 3: Uploading
The crucial part of uploading your photos and experiences to Flickr is that it gives others a chance to share in the process and information. You can see what types of objects appear in various spaces and how they relate to each other in space, giving them their own location.
-Go to the "Landmarkings" Flickr group page
-Upload all your photos and title them with your short descriptions
-In the descriptions you can add any supplimentary information about your experience with that object or those in your past
-Tag the photo with the title (this allows searching of your image based on key words)