As part of his Sentient City Survival Kit (2010), the American artist and scientist Mark Shepard developed an iPhone navigation app called Serendipitor. The Serendipitor app calculates the ideal route to get you from A to B, but unlike the usual navigation apps, it doesn’t offer you the most direct and fastest way to the destination, but offers detours and delays by way of Fluxus-inspired instructions. The aim is to open the user’s eyes to new and unknown features of the city. On August 31 and September 1, 2012, Mark Shepard offered a guided Serendipitous Walk through Basel. VernissageTV took part in the tour on September 1, and documented the Serendipitor Walk Basel. Previous to the Basel Walk, Mark Shepard presented the app and offered guided tours within the framework of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 where he was presenting his work at the US pavilion. The Serendipitor app can be downloaded for free at the Apple app store.
Mark Shepard: Serendipitor Walk Basel, September 1, 2012.
PS: If you are interested in Art Walks, here’s another, quite different one: Hamish Fulton: Limmat Art Walk, Zürich 2012.
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