Jeremy Wood’s GPS Drawing project is an investigation of how technology enables us to identify and record new aspects of our journeys and of our surroundings.
The project leverages ‘digital mark making’ using GPS satellite navigation technology to automatically record where an individual has been as a digital dot-to-dot line. This novel method of drawing treats travel like a geodetic pencil or a cartographic crayon, making ephemeral inscriptions on landscapes as one moves through them.
The drawings, made on land, water, and from the air, use GPS receivers to capture journeys, both intentional and free-form. Wood and his collaborators use a wide range of physical means to make the drawings– car, scooter, inflatable boat, plane, skydiving, and, of course, walking– with the results ranging from ‘poodle doodles’ (drawn by dogs hooked up with receivers) to an 8-mile tall dollar sign drawn over Las Vegas, a giant dragon over Wales, a mosquito over Bangkok, and a game of tic-tac-toe over Hollywood.