Derive – Urban Exploration App

Posted on Jul 9, 2011 in Architecture, Art, Blog, Graphics

In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, … and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there
(Guy Debord, Les Levres Nues #9, Nov 1956)
[box_download]Try the Dérive App
(iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Samsung Bada Compatible, viewable on PC/MAC)

Dérive is a mobile application that aids a user in exploring their surroundings through the use of randomly drawn ‘task-cards’. These cards are refreshed every 3min creating a sense of urgency in the exploration for new objects, things, colours, people etc to follow, find, experience.
Influenced by the Drift Deck created by the Near Future Laboratory in 2008, Dérive allows a user to install the application to their phone and take the ‘cards’ with them wherever they are.

Please feel free to add your own cards by making a drawing and sending it to me, or merely suggesting new possibilities. I am making localised versions for specific cities. They will be added over time according to interest from specific parties. These localised versions do not include specific iconic buildings or objects, but rather center around cultural customs and architectural forms that can be found in the area. Currently Biella, Italy is already live, with plans for Johannesburg, South Africa and Italy, Milan under way.

[box_download]Try the Dérive App
(iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Samsung Bada Compatible, viewable on PC/MAC)

Tested the app for the first time in the wild yesterday with Özgür Demirci, a visual artist from Turkey.

View Derive 1 – Biella, Italy in a larger map

Twitter @urban_derive

Project Specifics:
Compatibility – iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Samsung Bada
Card Count – 38
City specific – Biella, 12
Version – 1.1 (Updated 12 Sept 2011)
Special Thanks:
Margarita Vazquez Ponte, Özgür Demirci, Thireshen Govender

With thanks to:
UNESCO Aschberg Bursaries for Artists
Cittadelarte – Fondazione Pistoletto