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Serendipitor is an iPhone application that intervenes on traditional navigation user cases with playful Situationist-style detournement. After entering their desired destination into the app, players receive poetic (yet accurate) directions that include a variety of detours and diversions. This psychogeography-by-GPS awakens players’ perceptions of the city and its myriad possibilities.
Sample directions: Osterhaus' Gate to Kirkeristen, Oslo, Norway:
1. Head northwest on Osterhaus’ gate toward Torggata and then find a dark alley and walk down it. If there are no dark alleys, close your eyes.
2. Turn left at Torggata and then find a place where you can be alone for a minute. Take a photo of what you see.
3. Head southwest on Calmeyers gate toward Bernt Ankers gate and then head toward the sound of traffic. Take a photo of the sound.
4. Head northwest on Bernt Ankers gate toward Torggata and then walk toward the nearest group of people. If there are none, go home.
5. Head southwest on Torggata toward Pløens gate and then walk toward the next yellow sign you see. Photograph it.
6. Head southeast on Pløens gate toward Storgata and then head toward the next police/fire/ambulance siren you hear.
7. Turn right at Storgata and then look for a puddle of water to step in. If there are no puddles, make a few, then photograph them.
8. Turn right at Kirkeristen and then keep walking until you pass a fire hydrant. Take a photo of it.
9. Head south on Skippergata toward Biskop Gunnerus’ gate and then walk on the sunny side of the street. If there is no sun, imagine some.
10. Head south on Skippergata toward Biskop Gunnerus’ gate and then find someone to follow for a while. When bored, stop them and ask to take their photo.
11. Head southwest on Storgata toward Kirkeristen and then walk toward the nearest group of people. If there are none, go home.
From the artists' description:
The app combines directions generated by a routing service (in this case, the Google Maps API) with instructions for action and movement inspired by Fluxus, Vito Acconci, and Yoko Ono, among others. Enter an origin and a destination, and the app maps a route between the two. You can increase or decrease the complexity of this route, depending how much time you have to play with. As you navigate your route, suggestions for possible actions to take at a given location appear within step-by-step directions designed to introduce small slippages and minor displacements within an otherwise optimized and efficient route. You can take photos along the way and, upon reaching your destination, send an email sharing with friends your route and the steps you took.
Game OverviewSerendipitor is an alternative navigation app for the iPhone that helps you find something by looking for something else.
Game DeveloperMark Shepard
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