Choose one of the five texts below. Read it aloud at whatever the correct pace is for you while walking. Using a similar technique of Voice to Text software, create your own text using the environment around you. Allow yourself to be completely open to all the words around you, and fully immerse yourself in the task of reading continuously. If there are no new words visible, don’t be afraid to reread sections of the environment. Do not be concerned with doing this exercise correctly. Play and create. When you are finished walking feel free to rearrange the words however you’d like to best convey your personal or group experience of the action of walking through this particular place.
In thinking about the readings on Mobile Libraries and walking groups of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, it occurred to me that while in motion, one can treat the built environment of an Urban area as a text. By continuously allowing the eye to be drawn to found words, a walker can read a near continuous stream of words as they move through space. This paints a particular and recognizable portrait of a place to an indigenous resident, while allowing an intimate glimpse into an individuals journey for the non-indigenous population. Beginning at my local library, and using Googles voice recognition software on my phone, and the google docs app, I created a series of short texts at five different points on my walk. Each represents a series of found words and numbers in the environment around me. Errors due to the voice translation software add a second layer of chance to the texts. They are presented in full as follows:
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5th ave and 10th st to 5th ave and 14th st, Brooklyn
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5th ave and 18th st to 5th ave and 19th st, Brooklyn
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