Alumna with Turbulence Commission
Turbulence Commission: “Awkward_NYC” by Zannah Marsh, ITP Alumna
“Awkward_NYC,” or “The New York City Map of Awkward Social Interactions in Public Spaces,” is a collaborative online map for reporting social accidents and small interpersonal traumas that occur unexpectedly in public spaces. Anyone can add a story to the map. The map pinpoints sites in the New York Metropolitan area where misunderstandings, outbursts, physical altercations, arguments between friends or strangers, and romantic spats or break-ups have occurred. It taps into the confessional, voyeuristic, narrative impulses that typify online behavior and subverts the notion of mapping as reductive, objective, and authoritative. As stories are added to the map, a series of data visualizations depicting the emotional terrain of the city will be generated.
Participate via the website or twitter, #awkwardnyc.
“Awkward_NYC” is a 2012 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence website. It was made possible with funds from the Jerome Foundation.
Zannah Marsh is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, educator, and programmer with an interest in narrative data and collaborative storytelling. She has taught multimedia art and design at New York University, the New School, and in the City University of New York system. Zannah was a resident researcher at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and she’s interned with the Creative Systems Group at Microsoft Research and with Area/Code Games in New York City. She also worked as an exhibit developer at the Museum of Science in Boston, producing internationally-traveling interactive exhibits. She has a MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (2009), and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2000).