On the Road

Based on the novel “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac and Google Maps Direction Service.

The exact and approximate spots Kerouac traveled and described are taken from the book and parsed by Google Direction Service API. The result is a huge direction instruction of 55 pages. The chapters match those of the original book. All in all, as Google shows, the journey takes 272.26 hours (for 17,527 miles).

This book is part of the exhibitions “Poetry Will Be Made By All!” (Zürich, January 30 - March 30, 2014, Kenneth Goldsmith/ Hans Ulrich Obrist) and Print Error at Jeu de Paume. It’s also a stage performance by Michael Durkin and 14th Street (March 2015).