Mapping a Toddler Dérive | Skillshare Projects

Christy Karpinski




Mapping a Toddler Dérive

This idea came to me a while back after reading about the Situationists and the practice of the dérive. The descriptionis I read of what a derive is sounded to me just like going on a walk with a two year old (something I have done a milion times as a nanny). I found this kinda funny and then as I thought about it more I connected it to a common idea I have come across, that of being an artist/being creative as linked to the idea of being "child like". This is something I find curious and interesting in my own art making.

Here is how Wikipedia describes a derive: "

So, last year I decided to to document a walk with a two year old I know. I videoed our journey that went out the door of the house and made it maybe a half block down the street. I have been trying to figure out how best to make this into a map that captures the experience. I have made a hand drawn map of the area and our path through it. I have still images and sounds from the walk and have played around a bit with making an interactive map online but its a bit clunky and unattractive. I am hoping for new ideas to complete this project.

Why am I making this map? For fun? A client? a gift? To showcase my favorite places? Etc.
For fun

Why am I the expert to create this map?
I don't know that I am the expert to create this map, but I am the one who wants to create this map

Who is my target audience?
The audience for this map could possibly be anyone interested in point of view or looking at everyday things in a different way...

What level of detail do I need to include? (Names, addresses, contact info, street names, website, hours, descriptions, color coding etc.).
In some ways this map is very detailed, the street name and address are maybe less important than the space we wandered through and the tiny details we looked at. I videoed the walk so I have images and sounds and the length of time we spent at different stopping spots before moving on.

I am interested in art made by walking, the idea of the path drawing in the landscape, going over the same path deepening the mark ... this is where I think my interest in marking or designating how log we stopped in a particular spot comes from. I had at first thought of using one of the apps for tracking your run on a map for this but our movements were so small it didnt capture any of the detail in movement.

Do I want my final project to be printed or digital? How is it going to be used/ held? What other constraints do I need to keep in mind moving forward? (Note: type can be smaller on printed maps than when viewed on web).
I want the final project to be digital I think. I was thinking an interactive map online. This makes showing the whole map or details up close harder than if it was a printed map I think, but maybe not.

“Dear classmates, I need your help/expertise/ guidance on how to.....”

Not sure yet, but lots of things I am betting..

Below is the first draft of my hand drawn map made from memory and by watching the video of our walk.

Inspiration / Things I Like

Hasan Elahi's Tracking Transience:

They Rule:

Richard Long:

It takes 154, 000 breaths to evacuate Boston:

Mapping in the Digital Age Assignments:

1.  Here are two maps made of post-it notes cut into shapes. The first was entirely an imaginary city, the second is an attempt to make the neighborhood block from my walk - the scale ended up being a bit wonky but oh well. :)

2. Here is a link to a Google Map showing the actual distance covered in our walk:

Draft 1 of my Final Map Image:
I am not sure about this approach to the map, will keep working on the graphics - I am new to making them.  I have some basic structural elements: blue houses, grey steps, brown dirt areas (it was before the grass came up), the trees are kinda odd, my first attempt was just the circles thinking it represents the trunks cz there were no leaves, but I like the green trees better. Then there is a red arrow path with purple dots for places we stopped - larger and darker for longer stops, and then there are a few objects we talked about.

I think this will eventually be interactive where images from the walk at each stopping point will show when you mouse over them - working on it. I think it could probably use a key to what is what and maybe some kind of detail that would be revealed when you zoom in - text or .. i dont know.  Will keep working but wanted to get this up before the feedback sessions deadline.

UPDATE 6/24/13

I haven't had a chance this past week to work on the map itself. I would like to try out incorporating the construction paper idea into the map. I have got the beginning of an interactive online thing going with it. The pop ups and sounds are only there for about half the path. Here is a link:

I hopefully will get time to keep working on it this week!


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