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Every Thu-Sat, 1-5pm

Laika’s Dérive

18/10/2012 – 30/11/2012

Every Thu-Sat, 1-5pm

Sarah Waterson


A project by Sarah Waterson and dogs (and their human companions) of Finsbury Park.

+ Dog walks: every Wed-Sat, between Wed 17 October and Fri 30 November 2012
Laika’s Dérive invites Finsbury Park’s dogs and their human companions to record a walk in their local park and surrounding area. This walk offers a chance for interspecies communication and a sharing of knowledge that results in a collaborative mapping of each dog/human’s walk.

Each dog is kitted-out with a system that automatically photographs the dog’s favourite vistas and objects on location. The photographs are selected via the sniff and interest time of the dog, and are returned to the human as a series of the dog’s favourite snaps, and displayed on Laika’s Dérive website.

Laika’s Dérive is part of the WWW: World Wild Web exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery.


To take your dog for a dérive, please contact Furtherfield Gallery at or phone 0208 802 2827.

Walks can be booked by one person/dog Wednesday to Saturday between 1-5pm, from Wednesday 17 October to Friday 30 November 2012, so book early to avoid disappointment!

The kit collection point for the walk is Furtherfield Gallery, McKenzie Pavilion, in Finsbury Park.

Event Coordinator: Laura Bottin
Event Producer: Alessandra Scapin

About the Project

Laika’s Dérive/Dog’s DeTour (2011) is a new media locative data-mapping work by Sarah Waterson about interspecies communication, collaboration and knowledge. Community participants and their dogs use an electronic mapping system (custom iphone app-GPS, accelerometer, interval timed and geo tagged photography) within their local area. The data collected is incorporated into the online mapping and visualisation system (website) together with the participant narrative and profiles. This work engages cross species sensing to explore a psychogeography of place.

A sketch for this project was produced during the Kiss Club incubator residency at the Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney. Feb 2010.(A minisite for the project prototype can be found here).

The android mobile phone application and harness system was developed during a residency at Blast Theory, UK, June- July 2011.

More info at

About the Artist

Sarah Waterson
Sarah has practised as a new media artist for the past twenty years. Her works include electronic installations, collaborations with performers, video and audio work, generative and software based artworks, VR environments and data visualisations and ecologies. Interdisciplinary and collaborative practice informs the development and ultimately the design of these artworks. Her current interests include data mapping, data ecologies and cross species collaboration.

Sarah’s recent interactive installations have included: Laika’s Dérive (Performance Space, Carriageworks 2011), 33ºSouth (collaboration with Juan Francisco Salazar, Casula Powerhouse 2009), a custom made data mapping system that juxtaposes the cities of Sydney (Australia) and Santiago (Chile) trope, a e-literature project developed for the Second Life environment (SWF 08, ongoing), subscapePROOF (collaboration with Kate Richards, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne), and subscapeBALTIC (ISEA2004, Helsinki, Finland). Sarah is a senior lecturer in interactive media at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Furtherfield Gallery is supported by Haringey Council and Arts Council England


WWW: World Wild Web
18 October – 01 December 2012

Open Thu-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 11-5pm

Opening Event:
Saturday 13 October 2012, 1-4pmFree admission to exhibition and events

Furtherfield Gallery
McKenzie Pavilion, Finsbury Park
London N4 2NQ
T: +44 (0)20 8802 2827

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