Satellite Bureau was developed by Hamilton
& Southern as a framework for participatory research that takes
place in a gallery space or open studio. The audience comes to the
bureau throughout the project and participates in walks and events.
These walks are recorded with a GPS device and are represented in
a variety of media in the space. Feedback from the participants
also influence a separate set of journeys and gps traces made by
Satellite Bureau was operative for ten days in Neutral Ground Artist
Run gallery, in Regina, Canada in 2005. We mapped the city from
the perspective of local inhabitants. Participants were asked to
walk with the following question in mind. What are the boundaries
that constitute the differing neighbourhoods, locales, regions,
developing areas and degenerating areas, specific to this city?
Map it based on the point of view of development and degeneration:
where do you think the city is falling apart or coming together?
The residency ended with a closing event for all participants and
the public. Within the bureau two blueprint maps were made one of
the participant walks, the other of car journeys to all the shopping
malls in the city.