What is the lived experience of a city? What do tourist narratives of a place leave out, and how can we uncover the real stories of a place too often reduced to postcards and trinkets?
"Anti-Tourism" seeks to oppose touristic narratives of the city with fragmentary or messy bits of real life, #everysordiddetail as it were. What follows is an audio tour that draws on points far afield from tourist attractions, creating an alternative and uncensored map of the city.
Interacting with the Anti-Tourism application works according to a simple set of instructions:
1. Select a destination.
2. Travel to points indicated on the map.
3. Remember that for the optimal effect you should be standing at the destination coordinates when playing back the interview pertaining to that location.
4. When you have reached the destination, tap on the map marker and then click the "hear story" link. A postcard of the location and recording will be revealed.
5. Press play and listen to someone recounting an event that happened at your destination. Take in your surroundings.
"Anti-tourist" visitor and artist David LaRiviere connects with local residents and records their stories of the diverse material of daily life. Volunteer participants will be responding to the simple question “What happened?” To date, the cities included in the Anti-Tourism project are Victoria, British Columbia and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Look for more cities to be added in future!
From these stories, the "Anti-Tourism" application mounts an interactive map and audio tour, geo-locating interviews to the site where they occurred, and allowing those who take the audio tour to experience everyday surfaces imbued with a new sense. All stories will be kept anonymous in order to focus on the events rather than the participants. To the "Anti-Tourist" the event becomes a detailed, nuanced part of "place."
Developed from a residency project located at Open Space Arts Society in Victoria, British Columbia, artist David LaRiviere was inspired by the prevalent tourist industry of this locale to become an "Anti-Tourist." With support from Open Space, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Saskatchewan Arts Board, this ever-expanding map of lived experience is coming soon to a city near you.