Thesis Abstract: I am exploring navigation and the benefits of getting lost, both physically and psychologically. Smartphones, Google maps, and GPS are firmly embedded in our lives, making it increasingly difficult to get lost and exceedingly rare that we experience finding our way back. We use these tools to get to places efficiently, but we are losing our natural ability to find ourselves and enjoy moments of exploration and discovery along the way. Through experimentation with devices and mapping I am looking at various ways to play with navigation and getting lost. I want to help people discover their surroundings by getting a little off-course, adrift, or outright lost in ways that are enjoyable and help connect the dots in our cognitive maps.
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