Sometimes I forget, My Phone gets lonely
Sometimes I forget, my phone gets lonely is an interactive art piece where my phone travels along Route 50 in Nevada, also nicknamed “The Loneliest Road in America.” In the 1800’s, parts of this route were used for the Gold Rush. Today, it consists mostly of large desolate areas with few or no signs of civilization. The American Automobile Association says, "We warn all motorists not to drive there unless they're confident of their survival skills."
Using the technique of GPS spoofing (faking), my phone travels back and forth between the towns of Ely and Austin which are roughly 150 miles apart. Even though my phone is physically located in the gallery space, through Google Maps it appears as though I am driving alone on this lonely highway.
Visitors can text my phone number to interact and ask me where I am. My phone responds back by taking a picture of it’s current location, by scanning the desert landscape sourced from Google Street View. Even though this is the Loneliest Road, Google has, nonetheless, imaged and captured its barren terrain for us to view it online.