There are many reasons to dislike Foursquare: everyday activities are reduced to extrinsic motivation; bad diets now have spatial representations (How many times can I check in at McDonald’s, Bro?); internet stalking gets creepier. But, as with all deplorable mobile applications, their success isn’t for naught. Given some time, a little brainstorming, and the egging on of like-minded people, the application version of “A Modest Proposal” gets developed. Foursquare, meet Mark Your Territory (http://www.markyourterritory.org/):
Mark Your Territory is a new system that lets individuals check-in to foursquare by physically urinating at the actual location.
MYT maintains the abilities of Foursquare while drawing humans back into the physical world. It is not a shunning of digital technology, but instead serves as a patch, tying together the tear between the worlds of the physical and (Humans-only) digital.
The project was developed by Andy Quitmeyer, a Digital Media Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech, as part of the Digital World and Image Group (DWIG) headed by Michael Nitsche. The studio explores the relationship between physical and digital spaces, and how performance, broadly speaking, can be encouraged across the divide. The explanatory video is below.