Augmented reality audio walking tour through the SE industrial area Backpack, laptop, Holux GPS unit, originally designed software, audio, tourguide map
RECESS and the SE Industrial District
An audio walking tour through the industrial area of SE Portland that utilizes geofencing technologies to allow a gathered archive of site-specific sounds to respond to, rather than direct, the movement of the walker/listener. The audioplayer uses the position of the walker as the cue to call up individual and overlapping tracks that were recorded on site, creating a ‘choose your own adventure’ tour. I’ve recorded and collected tracks that explore this area in the SE as a site that embodies both the magnificent and mundane. This takes the form of interviews, recorded daily life, lectures, and walks. The audio - rich with jarring, soothing, and interrupted sounds from interactions with the area - blends with local sounds, creating confusion over what’s in real-time or playback, producing a heightened sensitivity to these often overlooked aspects of our environment that nonetheless inform one’s behaviour and disposition.