The audience come to the Barbican either on their own bike or to
borrow one. Following a short introduction you head out into the
streets with a handheld computer (Nokia N800) mounted on the
handlebars. You are given a question about your life and invited to
look for a hiding place to record your answer. The images on screen
are drawn from Mexican votive painting, sailor tattoos and heraldry:
swallows flutter across the screen to show available hiding places,
prefab houses indicate places where others have hidden.
Once you find a hiding place - a spot previously undiscovered by any
other player - you record your answer onto the device. Each hiding
place combines two properties: the physical location and the
electronic location as reported by the device and, for this reason,
position itself is slippery and changeable. This is especially true as
the University of Nottingham designed and built a system that uses
wifi access points to determine the position of each rider.
The other aspect of the game is to find the hiding places of others.
When you find one the device alerts you to stop and then shows you the
question that that person answered and plays you their answer. The
recordings that people make are only available in this context: played
to a player, alone, in the place where they were recorded.
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