Geolocation: Jesus Whispers, 2011
Digital C-Print, 40" x 30"
We use publicly available embedded geotag information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts and make photographs to mark the location in the real world. Each of these photographs is taken on the site of the update and paired with the originating text. Our act of making a photograph anchors and memorializes the ephemeral online data in the real world and also probes the expectations of privacy surrounding social networks. We select texts that reveal something about the personal nature of the users' lives or the national climate of the United States, while also examining the relationship to physical space and the ways in which it influences online presence.