Personal Territory Tour



The exploration of my territory started off with me meeting an upperclassman in the art and design building. As a freshman I was curious to find any interesting places to go and shoot my newly built pinhole camera, so I asked the guy if he new any places. He told me about a tunnel that ran under the parking lot, and told me how to get to it. As soon as I found my way there I was immediately taken back by how closely it resembled my a place in my home town where I spent a lot of time.

My best friend and I would spend hours exploring the woods behind her house. We would continuously go in sit on a dam that protruded from an older tunnel. There we would talk and play crazy games of ‘would you rather…’ for hours. Its a very strong and fond memory I have of my home. So when a found myself sitting in a spot that brought that feeling back with such vitality, I connected with it. I ended up calling my best-friend instead of doing an exposure. I told her about the spot, and since we miss each other we played ‘ ‘would you rather…’ over the phone.

Just as I did, I want each of the explorers to get out there phone and call someone who has meaning to you, wether that be a best friend, good friend, family member, boyfriend or girlfriend, anyone you miss and love, and play a game of would you rather.  I hope this activity will remind you of fun times you had with those people.


When I first found out that we had to come up with a type of container for our kit to go in, I wanted to take it in a way that was different from the normal idea of a container. The ribbon fits the description of a container, but isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind.


This was the activity that I wanted each of the explorers to do. Because I had made a connection to my spot by playing would you rather with my best friend over the phone, then maybe by having them do the same thing they might be able to make that same connection. The tool I had them use was their own phones to call their friends back home.

This was my kit when it was taken apart. The idea for the ribbon was mostly to take the thought of a container and make it abstract. I also wanted to use different paper for each part.


The map I created was hand drawn of the town of Alfred. You started in the Cohen studio and walked to the destination. I also drew an exact spot to where you should sit so that they could get in the same exact spot that I was when I claimed my territory.


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