This is a Continuous Odyssey…

So over the break, I have been thinking a lot about my project and how I am going to relate all the stories, journeys and ideas I’ve explored last semester to create the Museum of the Present: A Continuous Odyssey.

Initially, I went through the portfolio feedback and started to look at what needed to be added and improve the current portfolio. It helped a lot that my book I ordered from the States finally came! So I spent a good few days reading and annotating the book about the Berengaria, more specifically about the floating stock exchange. The book had way more information than I could ever find online, and mostly came from either those on board or friends/relatives of those people, so I am slowly putting the information into the Portfolio and ensuring it has continunity.

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In order to set the scene more for the voyage on the Berengaria, I have written about the Ships life and what life was like onboard. In addition, I took stories of passengers from the ship so that later in the portfolio I can talk about how the mid-ocean crash affected them (if at all). The range of passengers is interesting, but they are all from 1st class, as this was the class that had the most attention and the stories to tell through the book. All pages are stil works in progress, and try to keep the log/map format.

Berengaria info & Life

In addition, I have created a map with some of the journeys highlighted that started before they embarked on the Berengaria, which also shows some 3rd clas passenger journies (from the book) its interesting how much further the 3rd class passengers had come to reach the boat.

Berengaria Passengers

One of the main issues I had with my portfolio was linking London with New York. But interstingly, some of the passengers have links to the area. One of the more famous passengers, author Edgar Wallace (writer of King Kong) lived in London but was raised by his mother in Billingsate, East London. Once he became famous, he bought a place in Portland Place (Now Chinese Embassy). The area between his famous life and where he was brought up is roughly the area of East London where the the walk took place. This is the sort of story I could use to link london with New York.

I also decided to redo the walk drawing, as I didnt think my earlier one really captured my idea. I have been a bit stuck on this, but have decided to look at perspectives again- to link to the Chelsea drawing. But as the east london walk was really an A-B, I’ve captured it slightly differently. A rough outline is shown below.

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By having the perspective this way, with Liverpool Street in the distance (at point B) you can see the route before you. The page will be split between Janets walk on the right and mine on the left. In areas they will mimic each other, but at other times they will differ, depending on the stories shown. Similar to my chelsea drawing, time is shown, but this is front to back rather than in a circular motion.

 

Finally, I have had an idea about how to make this idea of journeys and travel a ‘present’ idea for the museum.

It came over the break whilst working in London. One of my colleagues was glued to her phone, and we started chatting about what she was looking at. It turns out, her husband was on his way to NY (ironically) and she was watching his flight over the atlantic to ensure he was going to land, using a plane tracking app on her phone. She also informed me theres one for ships (her brother works on one) and she can literally follow the boat on a map as it sails the seas. I started to wonder with technology today, it’s interesting how we can actually track people’s real life journies through apps, social media etc. literally to the minute they post something, or actually using maps to watch planes and boats take their routes intended. Having a museum that relates to this concept, and relates to the continuous odyssey of travelling and mapping your movements and also relates to my huge passion of travelling. You can be on the other side of the world, yet everybody at home knows exactly where you are and where you have been that day. I’m hoping to explore this idea further and whether the museum would be more of a digital enterprise with current tracks and movements of people around the world.

Some app examples:

livemapp is a live interactive map of ‘what’s going on‘ around you  – user uploaded pictures and videos of News, Events and Recommendations.

 

Geospike: Record & share your travels, find your way back to places you’ve been – all while building a travel history.

 

 

Shipfinder.co is the live vessel tracking and ship tracker app from Pinkfroot. Using AIS watch boats, cruise ships and other vessels across the world in real time.

 

 

#wanderlust 

3 thoughts on “This is a Continuous Odyssey…

  1. There is exciting potential here. The first question that springs to mind, which can generate thinking in response to the time and museum of the present brief, is – if two manifestations of the museum are showing and the collecting, then how can you show and collect data that is continuously changing? Is there an archive relationship or does each new ‘installment’ supersede the previous?

    On the subject of scale – one might be in the habit of saying without much thought that such technologies ‘collapse’ the scale of the globe by evidencing activity at a great distance from where it occurs immediately or in ‘real time’. A shared present is created as if the source and recipient were in a shared space. An excellent thread to pursue here could be what do we mean by real time? What are the parameters? There is a definition of the present right there!

    That’s great that you found information on the Berengaria stock exchange. Last term we talked about investigating and visualizing the time lag between the physical site of the NY stock exchange and the Berengaria, and how the stock speed of information transfer differs between the stock market of the early 20thC compared to now. You should adopt a similar investigation into the speeds of data transfer through the technologies you are starting to look at and the technology/site relationships in terms of speeds. Start to develop a visual language for this. I think you have the beginnings, see below…

    Re-visiting the Missing Voice drawing: You say that this walk way A to B but was it? Think of all the tangents contained in the narration where Cardiff could be said to lift the blind on a window to a side story, or pull back a section of street to show us an elsewhere (sites conjured through recollection, fiction, historical references). Can these tangents be drawn as perspectives too, leading off from your main walk?

    I think you are right to be continuing your use of perspective as in the Chelsea drawing. And this could be developed to form a visual language throughout the evolution of the project. Is there some way you can use perspective to show the speeds and relations of data transfer (stock exchange, apps)?

    What of the Chelsea Piers? Don’t los your site. There was some promising thinking at the last submission on the piers as markers in time, of a journey. How can the deteriorating piers inform this ‘digital enterprise’.? The piers have a very real materiality, they are articulating time and change, what can this offer to the continuing project?

    Lastly for now, it is very interesting what you discovered regarding the 3rd passengers travelling further to reach the boat’s departure. Your project is evolving to be very much about distances so continue to capture these examples and think how they can help articulate and develop the wider project development.

    This seems like a good position to be in at for the start of semester 2. Looking forward to seeing the work.

  2. Can’t work out how to comment with a picture but your post reminded me of the project in Augmented Landscapes (pp.44-53) which considers the “[inhabitation of] the horizon and shape recognition: where things fly up and outward”. In particular the representation of the walk mkII might be warped and tangential in the way that small details or spaces accumulate significance beyond their physical scale or duration(?)
    But it also seemed relevant to your interest in seafaring – where the unusual condition of experiencing the horizon in it’s entirety may (or may equally not) be interesting to you

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