Exhibited at the Roundhouse as part of the 2011 PuSh International Festival for the Performing Arts, January 18 – 29, 2011
The Train, as means of navigating space, played a significant role in mapping and shaping nationhood in the 20th century. It changed our way of perceiving time and space. New media is changing this again, and is one of the reasons, we believe, there has been a renewed interest in the idea of alternative mappings over the past few years - because the technological capabilities of cell phone cameras, social networking sites, etc. afford us the tools and epistemological framework to navigate space in radically new ways.
In our latest work, TMG explore the impact of rapidly developing technologies on our embodied experience of knowledge, time and space. Source imagery and audio related to the Train has been culled from two distinct archival systems: the Vancouver Archives online, a highly structured and official organization of history; and user-generated platforms like youtube and flickr. The resulting audiovisual collage, Tracking Trains of Thought, can be accessed three ways:
1. Virtually: from an interactive map of Vancouver at http://www.themissguides.com
2. Remotely: download the podcast to your smartphone at http://www.themissguides.com/Train. Then hop on the Canada Line in Vancouver at Waterfront Station, press Play, and experience the piece during the 25-minute ride to YVR International Airport.
3. Remixed Live: at a temporary exhibition at the Roundhouse, where you are invited to remix audio and visual tracks into your own personal and ephemeral narrative of the train.