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"Yesterday morning (Monday the 5th of September) at 8:15 [European Mean Time] I've posted a picture of...hitch-hiking Batman. In 24 hours, that Batman, through G+ sharing, reached 64 different destinations worldwide before getting back to France this morning..."

The path Batman hitchhiked in 24 hours.

About the artist.

A number of examples of a variety of locative art.

A blog about locative art.

The author of that blog is a commercially successful locative artist.

Writing, mapping and possibilities of spatial augmentation and architecture

Drew Hemment.

What Drew Hemment did that matters in this context.
posted by Mike Mongo (30 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Blue+

What's with all of the Google Ads lately?
posted by Threeway Handshake at 6:52 PM on September 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


I bet you could see the Galaxy for less than 30 Altarian dollars a day if you had a Batman costume.
posted by DU at 7:17 PM on September 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


Only if you had a Batman costume and a towel.
posted by JauntyFedora at 7:18 PM on September 6, 2011


Can you explain this post for people who don't use Google-Plus and aren't familiar with "locative art"? I've clicked through the links and I'm really not sure I understand. Is this just...somebody posted a photo, a bunch of his friends reposted it, a bunch of their friends reposted it, and then the map graphs where all those people live?
posted by cribcage at 7:19 PM on September 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


Cute. I wonder how future-80+metafilter will present and respond to this when someone dredges it from a forgotten archive/hard-drive dump.

...and a subsequent post discusses the original thread regarding this post.

Or it could just be deleted as Double.

posted by porpoise at 7:19 PM on September 6, 2011


cribcage, I think that's the long and short of it.

Now if folks in those 64 different destinations each got dressed up as Batman, made a "Gotham" sign and went out and took a picture of themselves hitchhiking near some local landmark, that'd be a project I'd like to see.
posted by JaredSeth at 7:23 PM on September 6, 2011 [7 favorites]


Now if folks in those 64 different destinations each got dressed up as Batman, made a "Gotham" sign and went out and took a picture of themselves hitchhiking near some local landmark, that'd be a project I'd like to see.

Or not to be completely boring and obvious, someone dressed up as Batman and somehow got around the world physically, for the sheer reason being, because they were dressed up as batman.
posted by alex_skazat at 7:30 PM on September 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


Wait. Are you telling me the Internet is used all over the world???
posted by Threeway Handshake at 7:38 PM on September 6, 2011 [4 favorites]


Flat Stanley for the digital age.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:39 PM on September 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


JohnnyGunn, actually, the Flat Stanley of the digital age is in fact Flat Stanley (c.f. Flat Stanley Picture Blog).
posted by honest knave at 7:47 PM on September 6, 2011


So google+ is as cool as tumblr? Pretty low bar there.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:52 PM on September 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


So google+ is as cool as tumblr? Pretty low bar there.

In another post, he asked for help reporting it for his art project. Then it was replayed a grand total of 66 times. So no, It turns out tumblr is still cooler.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 7:59 PM on September 6, 2011


All I have found on tumblr is a lot of teen angst. I must be using it wrong.
posted by kanata at 8:13 PM on September 6, 2011


I'm with cribcage. I don't really understand why this is interesting or novel.
posted by asnider at 9:06 PM on September 6, 2011


Can I join the pile-on?

When I read the FPP I assumed this bat-costume-wearing dude was, like, jumping on long haul trucks and maybe the occasional corporate Lear jet.

I thought I was about to click on something interesting, such as the turn-a-paperclip-into-a-house dude's story
posted by uncanny hengeman at 9:51 PM on September 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


So basically:

Re: Re: RE: FWD: Fwd: Fwd: Fwd: FWD: FWD: RE: Re: Re: FWD: Re: Re: Re: RE: RE: RE: FWD: RE: FWD: FWD: Fwd: Fwd: Re: Re: Re: Re: Fwd: Fwd: Fwd: Fwd: Fwd: FWD: FWD:

Meh.
posted by Gator at 10:12 PM on September 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh yeah. Google plus.

Is that still a thing?
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 10:38 PM on September 6, 2011


When I read the FPP I assumed this bat-costume-wearing dude was, like, jumping on long haul trucks and maybe the occasional corporate Lear jet.

Yeah that was my first thought, followed by the idea that people dressed up as him and posed for the picture.

Then I realized it was just re-posts. And it doesn't really make much sense to say he traveled "around the world" because he was reposed 6 times. You could make the same argument if he was re-posted 4 times or 4000 times. It just depends how you draw the lines.
posted by delmoi at 11:26 PM on September 6, 2011


Gnome Batman + travelling gnome prank would be cool.
posted by twoleftfeet at 11:33 PM on September 6, 2011


Did +Emilio Boronali even take the photograph? I still can't tell after reading the links. Ok, skimming.
posted by Lorin at 11:58 PM on September 6, 2011


I quite often drive past the road sign here. I've seen people in 60s Batman and Robin costumes taking photos next to the sign on three separate occasions.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 1:35 AM on September 7, 2011


So, is this what Google plus is for? I can never figure out what I'm supposed to be doing with a social network that only includes three people I know and doesn't do events. That android app is pretty heavy for what it is and I might uninstall it if this is the best I can expect. G+ is still in limited beta right?
posted by fuq at 4:22 AM on September 7, 2011


64 different destinations worldwide before getting back to France this morning..."

So in a world where everyone used G+, we'd be about 6 moves on average to get him back to the original inbox? Am I on the right track?

Just to elaborate on my snark post, I thought he organised his transport "through G+ sharing."
posted by uncanny hengeman at 4:57 AM on September 7, 2011


Yeah, I was expecting at least some mildly funny photoshops of the original figure in different places or something? I really don't see how this is worth posting, despite the valiant attempt at filling the post out with "background" links - just reposting a photo doesn't sound like a good example of "locative art". Or am I totally missing something?
posted by egypturnash at 6:31 AM on September 7, 2011


I'm with cribcage. I don't really understand why this is interesting or novel.
It isn't
Quite often, the whole point of something for geeks is that it was done using their shiny new tech-toy (in this case G+), and not whether the result was worth the pixels used to display it.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:32 AM on September 7, 2011


If people are impressed when you do something mundane, but use electricity, let me point out that last night I got myself a pizza ——— Using my phone!
posted by benito.strauss at 7:56 AM on September 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


This would have been pretty cool... in 1997.
posted by falameufilho at 8:01 AM on September 7, 2011


I hear you can use the Internet to order pizza nowadays.
posted by Gator at 8:10 AM on September 7, 2011


I sent an email to my Dad in Arizona, he forwarded it to my sister in Ohio, she forwarded it to her friend in Florida ...

Tomorrow I'll post the conclusion of this thrilling tale!!!
posted by straight at 8:38 AM on September 7, 2011


What happened straight? Tell us, tell us.
posted by Meatbomb at 9:39 AM on September 7, 2011


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