Ipperwash Beach Walk on the Insitu Data Stories Platform

2016

Research-creation, storytelling, counter-mapping, mobile locative media, documentary, data visualization, embodiment, co-design, Indigenous, colonization, Ipperwash
Led by Monica Virtue, Nathan Pilla

In-Situ Data Stories is a platform designed to deliver multimedia content to mobile devices as users travel across a terrain. Using GPS, the platform launches video, interactive visualizations and audio as users cross through preset zones. The content builds to tell a story that unfolds during an embodied walk across a landscape.

The In-Situ platform was designed in tandem with The Ipperwash Beach Walk
Watch: Video featuring Monica Virtue

Located a two-hour drive from Detroit on the south shore of Lake Huron, Ipperwash Beach has been a site of conflict since Henry Ford invented the Model T. Co-designed with the Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, The Ipperwash Beach Walk uses geo-location to deliver documentary media and interactive visualizations to mobile users during an embodied “beach walk” along a disputed strip of land on Lake Huron. As users travel an historic trail between two Indigenous communities, crossing a series of GPS points along the water’s edge, they learn via smartphone how settlers colonized Ipperwash Beach. The experience is a form of counter-mapping which presents an alternative viewpoint to broadly accepted notions about how Ipperwash Beach became a vacation destination.

Ipperwash Beach Walk on the Insitu Data Stories Platform
Ipperwash Beach Walk on the Insitu Data Stories Platform
Ipperwash Beach Walk on the Insitu Data Stories Platform
Ipperwash Beach Walk on the Insitu Data Stories Platform