“#Gratitude” uses publicly available GPS information embedded in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts and follow them to make photographs that mark the location in the real world.
Featuring: Larson Shindelman
United Photo Industries
On October 7, 2011, the blogger and now United Russia Party member, Vladimir Burmatov, posted a rhyming couplet on Twitter: “Moscow is warm and sunny. Summer! #ThanksToPutinForThat” and encouraged others to follow with their own tweets using the hashtag #ThankstoPutinforThat. The invitation was quickly accepted with more than 10,000 tweets that day. It became the first globally trending Cyrillic hashtag. The resulting tweets were frequently sarcastic or critical of Putin’s political agenda.
For the last eight years, through our collaborative project, Geolocation, we have used publicly available GPS information embedded in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts and follow them to make photographs that mark the location in the real world. In the photographs, the text of a rapid-fire tweet is married with the image of the solitary location. In June 2016, we began the #Gratitude project in which we followed and photographed sites linked to #ThanksToPutinForThat in St. Petersburg and Moscow during an artist residency funded and supported by CEC Artslink. In 2017, we completed the sister project by photographing #ThanksObama in the sisters cities of Chicago and Los Angeles.
Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman’s collaborative practice investigates the data tracks amassed through networked communication. Selections of their work have been shown at the Denver Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Portland Art Museum. Solo exhibitions include the George Eastman Museum (opening January 2019), the Orlando Museum of Art, Blue Sky Gallery, and the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas. Numerous publications have featured their work including Wired, The Picture Show from NPR, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the British Journal of Photography