Foursquare Situationist: Social Interventions with Fictional Spaces

An on-going interest and ambition to check-in and create fictional spaces on foursquare. Some say I’m cheating – I say I’m more detailed.

I currently hold mayorship of:

  • My Reflection on Raymond
  • Looking up at the Fan
  • What’s That Over There
  • Ominous Factories
  • Abandoned Lot
  • Listening to Birds Chirp
  • Wikipedia
  • Giant Bird Shit
  • Jeremy’s Couch
  • Waiting For Things To Begin

When I first started this ongoing experiment, I primarily was interested in creating fictional spaces as a way to spread some humor (i.e. “Giant Bird Shit”). However, as the experiments progressed, I began to notice some potential in using foursquare as a medium for inquiry.

My “biggest moment” as a foursquare interventionist, though, had to have been when I created “CARMAGEDDON” the widely-known and overly-discussed day the 405 freeway in Los Angeles was shut down for maintenance. This fictional space gathered over 1,000 check-ins, 14 photo uploads, and 28 tips. As a result, this fictional space became a venue for discussion on the larger issues at hand in Los Angeles:

For another experiment, I wanted to reflect on an interesting distinction between real and virtual life I discovered on foursquare: economic disaster does not exist. Last year, a family-owned and operated cafe, Fillmore Coffee & Sandwiches, opened it’s doors in Pasadena. Unfortunately, due to a lack of funds, the shop was recently forced to close it’s doors. In foursquare, it is no possible to go “out of business” unless a user actively decides to flag it as such – therefore the Fillmore Coffee shop still lives on. When a user checks-in the this deceased space, they can encounter a graveyard of data ( tips, photos, etc.) about the cafe as it used to exist as well as why it crumbled. This space can potentially act as an incubator for memories centered around a space that no longer exists.

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