In 2002 we were commissioned to make
new work that linked the city of Stratford-upon-Avon with its sister
city Stratford, Ontario in Canada. After research trips to both
places it was clear that the global positioning system might provide
a means with which to physically navigate between two locations.
It was a technology that claimed to tell us where we were at any
given point and prevent us from becoming lost, even when immersed
in physical or cultural events like snowstorms and tourist attractions.
It was a way in which to make a physical tracing of a place, towards
making an experience more tangible.
The installed work was a series of walks made physical in the gallery
space. The walks were made by the artists and local school children
in Stratford, UK and Stratford, Canada. The mirroring of routes
and processes in both places echoes the perceived similarities between
the two Stratfords. The physical installation, where the routes
are physically brought together to produce a third space for the
audience to explore, is evidence of the different topology, and
of disparate experiences of place.