"... In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it." (Borges 1975: 90)

Mapped Motion is a site-specific interactive multi media installation, which questions the themes of location, navigation and physical existence in the age of virtual technology. The installation is intended to question our relationship with the physical world, virtual and Internet technology and the changing social behaviour and cultural evolution that these technologies may promote. 

Over the last ten years the Internet, World Wide Web, and the interactive technologies that utilise these services have revolutionised the world we live in. The birth of the virtual is slowly becoming the death of the physical. Virtual reality is becoming physical hyper-reality. In the last five years Social behaviour has dramatically changed due to Internet technologies. We can work online, shop online, bank online, study online, meet new people online, chat and date online, watch the news online, view far away locations, distant cultures, maps of physical locations, and great works of art and literature online. Advertisements are at the top, bottom and sides of every page. The new shop window is a pop-up advert that hits our screen every minute. We can even have a 'Second Life,' be who we want, look how we want and behave as we wish, online. The computer terminal has not only become our medium to the world we live in but the world we would like to live in. As liberating as this may feel, have we ever considered its social repercussions?


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