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Surreal Scania

Mar
27
2006

A website called Surreal Scania is taking a new approach to art… geotagging their art. Using the Scania region of southern Sweden as their canvas, the artists have created videos of the area and landscape, then geotagged the films in GPX and KML format. Each video is available in MPG, WMV, MP4, and 3GGP formats.

All the films are accompanied with files containing the exact geographical coordinates for all the different places. By using Google Earth it is possible to view aerial photos of the points represented in the different films. Using a GPS-unit it is also possible to visit the locations where the visual raw material was shot. And as the films are provided in various file formats optimized for most mobile video players, it is possible to enjoy the filmic representations on the very spots where the material was filmed. In this way the imaginary can be compared to the real. But what is real or imaginary? With Surreal Scania we want to explore different visual representation techniques, and we also want to recognise the fact that our imagination has an important role in forming the experiences of these locations.

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