Random GPS

Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon



Surrender to GPS !

Random GPS takes you around the world according to an infinite route, randomly determined and constantly recalculated as you travel. The device comes in the form of a classic car GPS box, which program has been modified. It is no longer possible to enter a destination. The voice tells you the direction as soon as the device is switched on and until it is switched off, without you being able to interfere with the route.

The application covers the following territories : Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, Oceania.

Random GPS uses GPS to help you get lost. It proposes a total wandering. A random drift. Without knowing where to go. An assistance to the daily adventure, far from automatisms. Abandoning yourself to the machine, guided towards unknown territories without knowing the destinations to come. Random GPS is a program assisted by a real time cartography. A system with which the user is drawn by the map and by the signs indicating his position, in a journey with no other goal than the journey itself.


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Scientific research : Nicolas Maisonneuve