Memories of wildlife during an imaginary journey
Going on an imaginary journey can be easy.
Sometimes, even before closing your eyes, you find yourself far away, but other times you don’t.
To embark on suggested imaginary journey with this instruction, you need a computer with internet access.
Wear what you think is best for the occasion, but my advice is to choose something comfortable: it is really difficult to predict the exact duration of an imaginary journey.
1 think of an animal you’d love to see live. I, for example, thought of a manatee.
2 type the name of the animal on google street view.
3 choose and click one of the results that appear on the map.
4 explore the image carefully looking for the animal. If you can’t find the animal, search better. If you still can’t find it, but you still see something that fascinates you, go to point 5. If not, go back to point 2.
5 Take a screenshot of the image (if you have Apple, type shift+apple+4, if you have Windows, press the Stamp button).
6 save your souvenir photo.
7 save your photo in a folder renamed Wildlife Memories folder during an imaginary trip.
8 repeat these instructions as many times as you like starting from step 1 or step 2, depending on your needs.
Ilaria Biotti (1982, IT) lives and works in Berlin. Since 2019 she is PhD candidate at PhDArts, University of Leiden (NL).
Through digital video, Biotti explores the role of collective and personal imagination as an agent in the production of urban landscapes, with a particular interest in the non-human.
Biotti has participated in international exhibitions and residencies, including the 5th Athens Biennale OMONOIA, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, Goethe Institut Bogotà, Istituto di Cultura Italiano in Cape Town, NSK State Pavilion – 57th Venice Biennale, Tate Exchange London, Transmediale CAPTURE ALL Berlin.