from the local people make the
language challenges if I work in a foreign country and barriers of meeting
a stranger where ever we might be. I have given piece of paper where my
questions have been translated to a local language, but these notes haven't
worked anywhere. People just don't want to do that, they read the paper
and look at me confused. Anyway, it would really not be a discussion then
but a gallup. Also a translator or local guide wasn't very good idea,
because then the whole moment of meeting a person became somehow too much
for people - it wasn't easy going anymore.
I also make video clips from the paths. When we enter a place, we don't just see one thing at a time. Our eyes move rapidly and pick visual and audio information of the location. I stand in one spot on the path and make three different video clips from different angles. I try to find perspectives that visualise functions of the path, atmosphere or are just simply visually attractive. I then compose all these three clips into a one clip where they play simultaneously. I call them video triptychs. I know they can't show the real eye movement and information picked but the main idea is to give the feeling of almost simultaneous visual information of the specific location on the path. It is connected to the moment and shortly scans the feeling of the exact point in the space. Most of the material on the path maps are actually videos, because sometimes it happens that there are no-one using the path no matter how long I wait in the bushes – for the videos I don't necessarily need people.
Stories and videos are presented as a map that includes the long/lat coordinates of the locations they are from. Viewers can explore the paths in the Internet or they can copy the coordinates to their own GPS devices and visit the location marked in the map to form their own point of view. The map service used, Tagzania, have tag words. Each locations on the path maps have their own tags i.e. 'home', 'hiking', 'lake' etc. By browsing the tags, the connections in between different paths in different countries can be explored. It must be noted, that Elephant Paths is not a scientific project. The relations between stories and videos in different places are connected by the intuition of the pathmapper, path functions and people's stories.