For the last 3 years, the Indianapolis Museum of Art has commissioned a resident to live on Indy Island, a fully inhabitable experimental living structure on The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. During the summer of 2012, the artist A. Bitterman was chosen to live on the island. IMA Lab worked with Bitterman to develop an exhibition website to help him communicate with visitors, a GPS tracking device to locate the artist within the park, and an interactive kiosk on 100 Acres so that visitors could easily find the artists location.
As part of the exhibition, the artist would not communicate with visitors through speaking, so the main function of the exhibition site was to showcase his daily activities and what he was experiencing living on the island. The website featured a sign up to visit and bring food to the artist, a map to track the artists movements throughout 100 Acres, and instructions on how to communicate with the artist.
The IMA Lab also created an Arduino based GPS tracker for the artist to carry while living on the island. Through a cell module, the data from the GPS tracker was sent to a server to give a live look at where the artist was located. The data from the GPS was plotted onto a map interface using a custom map created by the IMA design team. The current location of the artist was rendered on the map as well as his previous locations. Controls on the map allowed users to adjust the time period to show where the artist was for any given point during his stay. Additionally, the IMA Lab clustered the data to show the most trafficked areas by the artist.
Finally, the IMA Lab developed a replay function to plot all the points from the artist on the map in the order they were received. This function visually represents how the artist navigated the landscape and where his favorite locations were.Launch Site