A Dislocative Tourism Agency
You Are Not Here (.org) is a platform for urban tourism mash-ups. It invites participants to become meta-tourists on simultaneous excursions through multiple cities. Passers-by stumble across the curious You Are Not Here signs in the street. The YANH street-signs provide the telephone number for the Tourist Hotline, a portal for audio-guided tours of one place on the streets of another. Through investigation of these points and with or without the aid of a downloadable map, local pedestrians are transformed into tourists of foreign places. Current walking tours include Baghdad through the streets of New York City and Gaza City through the streets of Tel-Aviv.
You Are Not Here Baghdad/New York has been launched in the summer of 2006 (currently inactive) and You Are Not Here Gaza/Tel Aviv has been launched in the summer of 2007 (and relaunched in Sept 2009). The files and maps are available on the site for documentation purposes.
Mushon Zer-Aviv is a designer, an educator and a media activist from Tel-Aviv, based in NY. His work explores media in public space and the public space in media. In his creative research he focuses on the perception of territory and borders and the way they are shaped through politics, culture, networks and the World Wide Web. He is the co-founder of ShiftSpace.org – an open source layer above any website; Shual.com – a foxy design studio; YouAreNotHere.org – a dislocative tourism agency; Kriegspiel – a computer game based on Guy Debord’s Game of War; and the Tel Aviv node of the Upgrade international network. Mushon is an honorary resident at Eyebeam – an art and technology center in New York. He teaches new media research at NYU and open source design at Parsons the New School of Design.
Dan Phiffer is a new media hacker from California, interested in exploring cultural dimensions of inexpensive communications networks such as voice telephony and the Internet. Drawing on his computer science background, Danâ€™s software projects seek to provide meaningful creative opportunities through intuitive user interfaces. Dan now lives in Brooklyn, New York and just completed a Masters from NYUâ€™s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Kati London designs, develops and builds opportunities for interacting with othersâ€”whether that be for people and plants, residents of Baghdad and New York City or an international conference of mobile game developers. Her varied interests have led her to curate cultural programs at one of New York Cityâ€™s botanical gardens as well as produce the first online art auctions for artnet.com. Her collaborative projects have been featured in the Come Out & Play Festival, New York; and Conflux: Festival of Psychogeography. Her project Urban Sonar has been featured in Wired; and Botanicalls: the plants have your number, has been featured on the BBC, and will be included in an upcoming documentary for German and French public television. She currently works as a producer and game designer for the big game design company, area/code. She recently finished her Masters at NYUâ€™s Interactive Telecommunications Program
Laila El-Haddad is a freelance Palestinian journalist and writer based between the United States and the Gaza Strip. She spent the past three years in Gaza reporting for the Aljazeera Satellite Channelâ€™s English language website (now known as Aljazeera International) and Pacifica Radioâ€™s Free Speech Radio news. Her work is also frequently found in the Guardian Unlimited, the BBC World Service, the Electronic Intifada, Le Monde Diplomatique, and the New Statesman.
Laila received her B.A. from Duke University in Political and Comparative Area Studies in May 2000. Her thesis was on â€œNGOs and the Palestinian National Authority in the Gaza Strip: Between Integration and Conflict.â€ More recently, in June 2002, Laila earned a Masterâ€™s in Public Policy, with a concentration in International Security from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Laila has received a number of awards and scholarship for her leadership, public service, intellectual abilities and dedication to her work. Laila is also the author of the blog Raising Yousuf, named after her two-year-old son (www.gazamom.com), where she writes about the trials and tribulations of motherhood under occupation.
Thomas Duc is an artist living in New York. His work focuses on current media and their poetics. He has exhibited in the United States, Brazil and France. Looking for the political in the technical, the global in the political, he fosters meaningful spaces of play in reality. Seeing no border between engineering and art, he worked for atualidade (a brazilian newspaper) both as caricaturist and information architect until 2003, for the French national center of Research (CNRS,brain development department) until 2005, for a circus as a performer, and is nowadays part of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.