Tracking

Tracking installed at Oni Gallery, 2003
Tracking installed at Oni Gallery, 2003

Tracking installed at Oni Gallery, 2003

The novels of Paul Auster, and his friendship with Sophie Calle, have been a steady source of inspiration to Harvey Loves Harvey. Auster writes frequently of characters that follows others for extended periods, hoping to understand them through their movements. In his novel Leviathan, his narrator follows the character Ben Sachs for days through the streets of New York before noticing that the character Maria is also following Ben. In City Of Glass, his unnamed detective narrator follows a man for months, possibly years, attempting to find meaning in the strange alphabetical letters his paths mark on a city map.

Similary, during his year-long performance in which he refused to enter any building, Tehching Hsieh marked a map of New York with his daily movements in order to keep a record of his experience. Artist Edward Kac had a transmitter implanted under his skin to transmit his movement to an online audience. Sophie Calle stalked a man to Venice.

TRACKING follows in this line of thought. Each member of Harvey Loves Harvey traced their daily movements onto a map of their city and posted the drawings to the Internet. By making this information public, Harvey Loves Harvey offered proof that their actions were authentic: if a project was said to have occurred on a certain date, the audience could go to the map for that date and confirm that the movements of the day corresponded to the parameters of the project.

Later, TRACKING came under suspicion by certain audince members, and the PROOF project was added as another layer of verification. Like the Extra-Medium stories, TRACKING looks at what makes a lie false, or a truth accurate.

A detail of Tracking [Chicago]

A detail of Tracking [Chicago]

A detail of Tracking [New York]

A detail of Tracking [New York]

 

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