Google Maps Hacks – Simon Weckert

Google Maps Hacks is a performance and installation by the Berlin artist Simon Weckert. Consisting of a hand cart containing 99 smart phones, running Google Maps, it simulates slow moving traffic and causes a traffic jam to be interpreted by Google Maps. This would result in traffic being potentially rerouted and/or drivers avoiding the area.

Adding noise to a system that is becoming trusted/absorbed in this way can highlight the fragility of the relationship we have with these pervasive tech models and remind us of the need to keep our own wits about us and maintain our intellectual independence.