Map and users

Imagine walking through the city and triggering moments in time. Imagine wandering through a space inhabited with the sonic ghosts of another era.


"Media arts have grown around our abilities to record various aspects of sensible reality - still images, sound, moving images. Now we have the new capacity to capture the location, and it is opening up all kinds of new possibilities. 34 North 118 West goes beyond the previous artistic experiments in location-based media by combining the inventive use of GPS technology and rich cultural content. The project lets the user uncover samples of Los Angeles's hidden history as s/he navigates through the multi-layered depths of downtown's most poetic and surreal space. The result is a new kind of "scripted space" (Norman Klein): a motion experience, which is emotionally moving." Lev Manovich


Sonify: Orlando is a locative media, sound-art piece, created by Jeff Knowlton, that works on participants’ Android phones and tablets. The app, utilizing GPS functionality, a moving map, and recorded sounds, unfolds as the participant walks along Magnolia avenue. Sonify: Orlando will premier in Art In Odd Places 2015: Tone Orlando.

On This Spot is a commissioned art work, a QR code based, faux historical, audio tour in Morgantown West Virginia, produced by, written by, from a concept by, Jeff Knowlton. It is located at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park and works on the iPhone and Android phones.

Left: Curator Oscar Abril interviews Jeff Knowlton
Right: Beryl Graham and David Furlough experience InterUrban.

In spring 2004 Jeff Knowlton and Naomi Spellman presented another locative media work, InterUrban at FutureSonic <04> in Manchester UK. Utilizing a TabletPC, GPS card and custom software, InterUrban plays back prerecorded narrative elements read by voice actors to weave a story structure in Manchester's historical city center.

The Interpretive Engine for Various Places on Earth

Part of a series of site-specific projects organized by the Fresno Metropolitan Museum, this locative media work relies on WiFi and IP Address look up to tell a story specific to the user's location. Mapping, physical location and pre-constructed narrative elements combine with real time searches of Google, maritime, astronomical and other online databases and environmental data to create the larger story structure.

Left: Mike O'Hara and Mark Hosler of Negativland fame listen to TumTum.
Brooke Ahnemanne, one of the creators of Tum Tum, explains the work to friends.

Tum Tum is a location aware narrative that reacts to the viewer's location. It is located at historic Tumwater Falls in Olympia, Washington. It plays on a Tablet PC with Global Positioning System receiver and headphones. GPS tracks your location to determine how the story unfolds - in real time, in real space, as you navigate magical Tumwater Falls Park. In addition to its importance as the earliest white settlement in the Olympia, Washington area, this park holds a special place in the local Native history and folklore. Tum Tum was the first name given to this remarkable site. The word is used to describe to the beating of the heart, as well as life forces.