Artists Marni Shindelman and Nate Larson investigate the data tracks we amass through networked communication. Their collaborative work ties the invisible to actual sites, anchoring the ephemeral in photographs and immersive video installations. The artists completed site-specific projects for the Dumbo Business Improvement District in New York, the Indianapolis International Airport in Indiana, Atlanta Celebrates Photography and the Digital Arts and Entertainment Laboratory (DAEL) in Georgia, the Format International Photography Festival in the UK, the Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts in California, and Third Space Gallery in New Brunswick. They were artists-in-residence at Light Work and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
Twitter estimates that there are over 500 million posts daily. In the ongoing project Geolocation, the artists tracked the locations of hundreds of tweets in the US, Canada and the UK through their GPS coordinates and make photographs to mark their sites in the real world. The photographs are paired with the originating text. The artists’ process explores the massive collection of personal data, grounding it in physical form. Since 2011, the artists have accumulated over seven hundred images. In St. Petersburg, they will make a portfolio of fifty photographs, thus embarking on the investigation of multiple non-Western sites.