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<nettime-ann> Turbulence Spotlight: "30 Days of New Life" by Douglas Gast

January 15, 2009
Turbulence Spotlight: "30 Days of New Life" by Douglas Gast

 "30 Days of New Life" comprises a series of performances in which a team of
cartographers relocates to a new city for 30 days. The first performance
took place in 2008 in Berlin, Germany; the second will occur in summer 2009.
During the performances, the cartographers work with local residents to
identify places and people that are personally, artistically, historically
or culturally significant. Essentially, the performances result in an online
interactive map. The map is created using Google Maps and the project's
website. Each point of interest includes a description, information gathered
from local residents/sources, reflections, images, and/or video. 

The cartographers do not control what gets included in the map. Local
residents make suggestions and it is their suggestions that ultimately build


Douglas Gast is an exhibiting artist and educator. While typically digital
or electronic in nature, his work involves the identification and activation
of the inherent elements of the media which stands to best serve his chosen
message. The role of his art is twofold: It strives to clarify the very
definition of art while concurrently utilizing the fundamental properties of
the media to construct idea systems. These idea systems are designed to be
thought through, instead of thought of, and ultimately call into question
some typical socio-political situation or structure.

Gast's projects take the form of videos, films, images, websites,
sculptures, performances, books and installations. They have been exhibited
and screened nationally and internationally in places like Chicago, Seattle,
Cincinnati, Nashville, Austin, Madison and NYC as well as Germany, Spain,
Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and Canada. He is currently an Assistant
Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University where he teaches in
support of the Digital Technology and Culture program.

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