Treasure Mapping Workshop

The workshop is postponed to a date in 2010. Keep an eye on our website.

Treasuremapper allows you to trigger mediafiles on a mobile phone depending on where that phone is in real space. It uses GPS to display location-specific images or play location-specific sounds. The goal of Treasuremapper is to create locative media experiences that are easy to make for non-nerdy people.


Picture by Tijmen Schep, taken from -


Locative media help us to link the real and the virtual together, creating what many call a 'hybrid space'. This re-mediation of public space comes with many promises and prophesies. For instance, will we strengthen social bonds through location-based messaging, turning public space into space 2.0? Will we create safe and healthy communities through environmental monitoring?

This workshop explores these and other questions. It offers:

  • An overview of the current state-of-the-art experiments in this field: from mobile and 'big' games to streamlined shopping and social experiences. From military initiatives to artistic reflections.
  • A critical theoretic perspective on locative visions of the future: which parties are invested in this idea, and how do they envision this locative future? How can these visions be critically understood?
  • A hands-on experience of locative media: users can try and, more importantly, create locative experiences during the workshop, using the new open-source Treasuremapper tool.
  • Experiencing the concept first-hand is a hard to overestimate experience which can be both sobering and exhilarating.

For who?

The workshop is relevant to the interests of experience designers, architects, city planners, marketeers, students and any other field where creative media-augmentation of our daily surroundings is of interest.

What is the outcome?

Participants are invited to work on a concept of their own in which they position themselves in the landscape, metaphorically as well as literally. Using the media-tools provided they develop a prototype of their idea. The experience of these prototypes is a lot of fun.

What's so nice about Treasuremapper?

  • It's based on the hip Python programming language, so it works on a lot of phones, including older models. This makes Treasuremapper cheap and accessible to a lot of people.
  • It's open source, meaning you can change it easily, or you can find a nerd to do it for you without too much hassle. It also means it's free!
  • It doesn't need mobile internet to work (but if you do have that, you get extra options).
  • It should work with most if not all Bluetooth GPS devices.


The workshop is run by Tijmen Schep, founder of the Foundation which promotes wireless media art in public space. He has a MA in Media Design as well as Media Sociology, and has extensive knowledge about locative media.

What to bring?

You need a smartphone with bluetooth or with an internal GPS, and it should run the Symbian S60 operating system. If your phone is in this list you're almost certainly good to go. If your phone doesn't have a built-in GPS, you will need an external GPS device that can talk to your phone through bluetooth. And of course your laptop and a digital camera.

  • If you don't have a Nokia Smart Phone we have one you can borrow for the duration of the workshop. Please note we only have a few available so mail me if you want this.

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Information and registration

Workshop is from 10.00 - 18.00. We serve coffee and tea. Lunch is D.I.Y.
Price is € 50 inc. VAT. Please register by clicking the 'count me in' button and we will remind you 2 weeks before the workshop starts.