Currently in development, ‘Riding through Walls’ is a 18-month durational performance in the form of a cross-Canada cycle through Google Street-View on a networked vintage ‘Air Wing’ stationary bike that enables me to propel myself visually through the map at the same speed as my pedalling.

The project engages with emerging wearable technologies; a pulse monitor incorporated into the design of the installation and the Google Glass, over a two-year period to track this physical endurance project and to test the capabilities of these tools to manipulate and record the contrived visual experiences. The performance will be broadcast in real-time using live streaming across YouTube in order to engage with community in new ways and to stage events that mimic the cultural tradition of joining a cyclist at various points along the route.

A series of images will be made during the performance using the Google Glass to document the visual journey and to engage with the public through Twitter and Facebook. The new media performance will be archived in form of visual and sensory data, including monitored pulse and eye tracking.

The project explores through practice-led research the impact of visual and data driven performance, the social and cultural implication of caching body statistics generated from wearable technologies and it tests new physical computing methods for extension into networked culture.

The networked ‘Air Wing’ stationary bike is re-purposed, designed and built by Michael Grant and myself using a blend of javascript and the open source electronics platform, Arduino.