Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in News | 0 comments

The artist Fred Adam, a member of the collective Transnational Temps (a prize winner in VIDA 4.0 for the project Novus Extinctus), has spent years on work that focuses on the possibilities of geopositioned narration. In 2008 he began to explore the potential of mobile devices, such as smartphones, for developing educational content related to the user’s geopositioning. Using special software that takes advantage of the GPS in these devices, the artist and developer is able to create dynamic, interactive narratives from content that changes or is active, depending on the location of the user and his movements.

A Walk Through Time, shot of the app on a smartphone. Source: Walk Through Time

A Walk Through Time, shot of the app on a smartphone. Source: Walk Through Time

Adam is currently part of the project Walk Through Time, directed by Geoff Ainscow, whose aim is to make Big History accessible to the general public. The project is a scientific approach to the study of the history of the universe from the Big Bang up to present day. 13.7 billion years have passed since the birth of the universe, and Ainscow’s project focuses on the first 4.6 billion years (some 4 billion years before the appearance of human beings on Earth). This period can be explored in a very interesting way. The user downloads an app on his smartphone containing the documentary with information about the history of the universe. To experience it, the user must walk: each step advances one million years, so that as the user moves physically, he also moves in time, progressively accessing capsules of information narrating the evolution of the earth in its first 500 million years of history.  A 3.2 kilometre walk is enough to experience a short fragment of the enormous history of our universe and the planet that we inhabit.