Digital media has long had a tendency of actively distancing its users from the real world. Immersion and hyperreality were often the goals of games, movie VFX, and other computer-aided entertainment media. In recent years however, we have seen a movement which is trying to marry computational media with real people, places, and ideas. Social media, Twitter revolutions, and GPS-driven applications (to name just a few) can all attest to this.
A digital artist named Erik Nordenankar recently created a piece which I felt expressed this notion perfectly. Armed with a briefcase containing a highly-accurate GPS, he took a trip around the globe. His goal is to make the ‘Biggest Drawing in the World’ using the path he took as his pen and the world as his canvas.
You can watch a video of his project here.