“Walking the Streets with a Swarm of Prismatic Specters” is a new text by Thierry Bardini about his ghostly experience walking the streets of Montreal in Maple Spring’s May 22 meshworks.
I walked the streets of Montreal on Tuesday, May 22, like at least 250,000 other protesters. We were down there in the streets but our ghosts were synchronically haunting the parallel, oblique and transversal lines running on today’s ether. I followed their movements in cyberspaces – the movements of the crowd on GPS fuelled real-time mappings, the movements of pseudo-authored ideas, slogans and other impossible exchanges on Facebook and many other electronic meshworks. I was storing my impressions in the digital format of a 2GB SD card, eight million pixels at a time with the rhythm of clicks on a Coolpix camera; I was recording the songs and chants in MPEG1 layer 3 streams on my red Voice Tracer, on yet another 1GB of available memory space. I was not walking while reading newspapers, at the risk of stepping on a rake. I read the papers, most of the time, most of them, anyways, to get a glimpse of the reigning confusion, when it is not simple disinformation, propaganda and lies. To do it while walking would probably mean ending on my ass. I was reading the city instead, my eyes free to watch ahead, only interrupted by an occasional glance sideways to the small screen of one of my prosthetic recording, locating or meshworking devices. I was alive and kicking, and my ghosts followed the tempo of my feet on the pavement.
Available as part as a special issue of Wi: Journal of mobile media titled Out of the Mouths of “Casseroles” : Textes qui bougent au rythme du carré rouge.
Available on Wi: Journal of mobile media’s website.