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November 13, 2012 6:54 AM   Subscribe

Directions to Last Visitor is an online installation by Charles Broskoski. (via)
posted by shakespeherian (20 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
If you refresh quickly, you'll find that some of those people are, evidently, living in your basement. I'll be right back, I've got to get a flashlight...
posted by HuronBob at 6:57 AM on November 13, 2012


hisssss
posted by elizardbits at 7:05 AM on November 13, 2012


WHY would I take the frickin Bristol Pike to get to NYC?
posted by Mister_A at 7:06 AM on November 13, 2012


Anyone else in Brooklyn getting 278-280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, USA as their address but isn't actually there?
posted by griphus at 7:08 AM on November 13, 2012


I got really detailed instructions on how to get to an address in London, including ferry details. But I can't help wondering what it would have told me if the last person was further away. Or did it just give me instructions to somewhere possible regardless of where the last person was?
posted by shelleycat at 7:28 AM on November 13, 2012


Oh, OK I refreshed and now it's giving me a link to a website to find flights to the US. It would have been more cool if it cobbled together a basic flight itinerary too.
posted by shelleycat at 7:30 AM on November 13, 2012


Yeah, there's something pretty amusing about refreshing until you are both the current and last visitor. My directions? "Head east 1 ft."
posted by owtytrof at 7:53 AM on November 13, 2012


As for addresses like 278-280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 - I think this is the location of your telecomm switch
posted by arkham_inmate_0801 at 8:57 AM on November 13, 2012


thats not how you get to buffalo!
posted by The Whelk at 9:05 AM on November 13, 2012


I am legit creeped out however, despite knowing none of it is really saved.

art critic snake finds thisss to be more tothlessss internet ssssstuntss
posted by The Whelk at 9:06 AM on November 13, 2012


Hmmmm...I seem to get nothing but a blank white page.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:09 AM on November 13, 2012


278-280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, USA is the closest Radio Shack to me. Also the Department of Buildings takes up most of that building, so maybe that's where some kind of filings happen? I don't know of any internet businesses in there.
posted by StickyCarpet at 9:35 AM on November 13, 2012


So the message is that I have nothing to worry about because I don't live anywhere near Frisco, TX?

Wait, no. I get it. The message is that producers of content with Polish sounding last names shouldn't be named Charles because it takes me too long to realize they're not Charles Bukowski.
posted by cmoj at 9:44 AM on November 13, 2012


Thorzdad: Hmmmm...I seem to get nothing but a blank white page.
That's because the site didn't provide a <noscript> tag. I got the same thing at first, so I allowed Javascript. Then it asked for my location and, as usual, I said no. Then I got a message saying that providing a location was required. After that I just closed the tab.

I think I've either highlighted the artist's point or missed it entirely. I'm honestly not sure which.
posted by ob1quixote at 10:18 AM on November 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Kind of surprised to discover Chrome doesn't let me set my physical location. I can choose to be tracked or not, but I can't lie or play with it?
posted by deo rei at 10:20 AM on November 13, 2012


If one of you filthy hipsters shows up at my doorstep because of this, I will welcome you with tea and left-over Halloween candy.
posted by Mister_A at 11:25 AM on November 13, 2012


If I may make an intervention to interrogate the post's mediation of cultural identities and signifying practices: "Online installation" is Artspeak for "gimmicky web app" now?
posted by RogerB at 12:49 PM on November 13, 2012


Roger honey be quiet you'll look like a fool.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:52 PM on November 13, 2012


WHY would I take the frickin Bristol Pike to get to NYC?
posted by Mister_A at 10:06 AM on November 13 [+] [!]


To get to the other side?
posted by yoga at 1:18 PM on November 13, 2012


Last visitor was only 7 miles away from me. Strange because I'm in Cookeville, TN and this is a fairly rural area. Duke rd you should email me.
posted by Lithopedian at 9:08 AM on November 14, 2012


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