This is a Kickstarter Project that has set out “to ‘spread a bit of random happiness’ with reflective plastic mirrors and messages of inspiration, encouragement, and hope.”
I have always loved the idea of real mirrors, and use them a lot as a metaphor in creative projects I do (along with clouds, rain and shadows…) Something about the way we draw a border around something to define it when it is incredibly changeable inside makes me nod.
And it just struck me that mirrors share a bit with social media- reflections are posting, whether from this tumblr to twitter to facebook, is something in the moment that lasts just an instant and then disappears.
I had the good fortune to sit down with Ish Harshawat, who launched a new app called GeoShare in December.
One word: LoveIt.
I love Foursquare but I’ve stopped using it because it’s not useful. There’s too much of a timelapse. I love Google Maps for its real-time updates as I’m navigating- I don’t get lost anymore. It’s changed my life.
Ish’s GeoShare sort of combines the two. It enables you to send a weblink via text message to let the recipient track you on their smartphone for a short period of time. For instance, if you’re on your way home from work to meet your friends for a Happy Hour, instead of texting back and forth, you send them a text with a GeoShare link and they can just watch your little dot move toward them in real-time on a Google Map. When you get there, you turn the link off. That way, they know where you are and can estimate when you’ll get there, and you’re not getting tracked all the time. It’s AWESOME. Or, two friends are both shopping “downtown” for the afternoon and want to meet up “at some point” for coffee. Send a GeoShare link to each other and you can see when you’re close. Pretty rad.
There are plenty more uses, but I’m just thrilled that there is an app that utilizes geo-location that I can turn on and off and share with just the one or two people I want to know where I am at a time.
I’ve done a lot of writing in the green space over the last few years, and I know interest is drying up a bit. People are bored with it. We don’t want to hear estimated calculations of how much energy we COULD save if everybody turned off their TV’s at night. We don’t want to hear about the destruction that is going to happen because of all the plastic bottles and gasoline.
But… everyone loves a good mystery, or something secret or underground. Something with a storyline, right?
That’s why I think Collapsus is hitting the sweet spot to keep people thinking about green and energy issues.
I’ll let them describe:
"Collapsus signals a new experience in transmedia storytelling that combines interactivity, animation, fiction, and documentary. This pioneering approach blends real documentary footage with mini-games and movie fragments, inviting you to choose your own perspective as the story unfolds. Interact and make decisions to avoid further blackouts; get a broader perspective by listening to the experts; or observe the consequences for everyday people through the fictional story. Collapsus looks into the near future and shows you how the imminent energy transition affects a group of ten young people, who appear to be caught up in an energy conspiracy. What will their world look like after the turbulent transition from fossil fuels to alternative energy sources?"
"…it’s fair to call /b/ a massive surf club whose conceptual language is determined by those without connections to the art world or the need for validation from it. As artist and blogger Eryk Salvaggio puts it, “The net can’t handle the pretense of art, or anything that seems manufactured, because it has a keen bullshit mechanism."