The Tracing of Fire:
As the lighters start moving we track their transmissions.
The day after the pub-crawl we divide Limerick into routes and
begin searching for signs of our lost property.
For twelve days we roam the city streets - tracing the fire,
collecting the data; echo-soundings from within the urban habitat.
Keeping our scanners and their antennas out of view and wearing
earpieces - we cover the territory where lighters are spotted,
the places we would revisit several times daily. Passing the same
corners, same windows, re-entering the drop-sites.
With every fix on a lighter, a time and location. We toggle between
the information model and physical evidence of urban life. Logging
data, tallying positions, extracting telling trends of behaviour.
Pointing cameras in our specimens’ common grounds, in enclosed
spaces, capturing whatever they saw. Recording the soundscapes
of places regularly passed. Filtering out regularities in the
Bringing the electronic impression and physical location within
speaking distance. Encounters are marked, moments captured for
From daily routines, temporal cycles and locational patterns the
shapes of habitats emerge; fleshing out the data-creature and the
home-range its movement suggests - a glimpse of the territory in
which the subject’s life takes place.