Laika’s Dérive Sydney

Laika’s Dérive invites Sydney’s inner west dogs and their owners to record a walk in their local area.  This walk offers a chance for interspecies communication and a sharing of knowledge that results in a collaborative mapping of place.

Each dog is kitted-out with a GPS, accelerometer and camera that automatically photographs the dog’s favourite vistas and objects on location.  The photographs are selected via the sniff and interest time of the dog, and are returned to the human as a series of the dog’s favourite snaps.

At the culmination of the project we held a  Best in Show BBQ, a sausage sizzle (meat and vegetarian) – where dogs and their collaborators  shared their stories, happy snaps and trails of discovery. Prizes were awarded for best in show dog photographs.

Walks were: Monday to Wednesday, and Saturdays from 15 August to 29 October 2011.

For more info and FAQs go to the  Laika’s Dérive project website

All Dérives (walks) are documented there.

Artist: Sarah Waterson

Event Consultant: Victoria Spence

The title font was designed by Blood and Thunder



Performance Space is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Laika’s Dérive has been supported through private donation by Emma Dean.