Indeterminate Hikes+ is a mobile phone app that transforms everyday landscapes into sites of bio-cultural diversity and wild happenings, and the bascamp.exe installation psychically prepares hikers for IH+ wilderness excursions. Most of us use our smartphones as instruments of rapid communication and consumerism. IH+ reappropriates this technology as a tool of environmental imagination and meditative wonder, renewing awareness of the places we inhabit and slowing us down at the same time. The app imports the experience of wilderness into virtually any place accessible by Google Maps, encouraging its participants to treat these locales as spaces worthy of the attention usually accorded only to nature, such as canyons and waterfalls. Visit the IH+ website to learn more and view the latest hiking trails pioneered by IH+ hikers: http://www.ecoarttech.org/indeterminatehikes/.
For more about ecoarttech, visit: http://www.ecoarttech.org/.
Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint founded ecoarttech in 2005 to explore environmental issues and convergent media from an interdisciplinary perspective. Our collaborative explores what it means to be a modern ecological being amidst networked environments, including biological systems, global cultural exchanges, international commerce, industrial grids, digital networks, and the world wide web. Merging primitive with emergent technologies, we investigate the overlapping terrain between “nature,” built environments, mobility, and electronic spaces. Our recent work includes commissions for the Whitney Museum, Turbulence.org, and University of North Texas and exhibitions/performances at MIT Media Lab, Banff New Media Institute, European Media Art Festival, Exit Art Gallery, and Neuberger Museum of Art.
Leila earned her PhD in literature from Columbia University in 2009 and was Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities at Wellesley College in 2010-2011. Cary is Assistant Professor of Digital Art at University of Rochester and has created new media art for over twenty years. His works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, Rhizome.org at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, and Computer Fine Arts. In 2011, ecoarttech will be off-the-grid art-residents at Joya: Arte+Ecología, in an Eastern-Andalusian national park. For more information about ecoarttech’s work, please visit http://www.ecoarttech.org.