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Location 1. Inauspicious

In this segment, the audience drives the one-eighth mile from the I-95 interchange to the intersection of Highway 50 and Windover Way in Titusville, FL. This is the beginning of the project's journey into pre-history, but this part of the augmented-space experience takes place in an inauspicious landscape: a typical East-Central Florida interstate interchange with gas stations and convenience stores.

The audio, on the other hand, recalls the author Henry James, who said that the wide savannas and palmetto scrub of this Florida landscape--before the gas stations were here--evoked a sense of "infinite previousness." It does look like pictures of Africa, without the wildebeest and giraffes.



Click on the player in the iPhone screen to hear the audio track that the on-ground audience experiences as part of the augmented-reality presentation.

This street view shows a point between Location 1 and 2 of the on-ground performance

Script for Location 1:

Look off to your left.  See those pine trees? 

[sfx: light wind.]

Imagine you've climbed the rough-bark to the top of the tallest one.  Your hands smell of pine sap.

[sfx: distant light highway traffic.]

From up there, in 5,000 BC, the view west across what is now I-95 is a wide savanna [sfx: stop traffic, leaving just the wind] dotted with mammoths, mastodons and buffalo.  Turn your head to the east and--rather than the Indian River, the low fringe of Cape Canaveral's trees, and the Atlantic--you see more land to the horizon. 

The last Ice Age is still occupying water from the oceans, and the peninsula of Florida is twice its size on modern maps. Central Florida's climate is more like Virginia's, and the slash pine tree you're clinging to is an oak.  But look down and there's the same miserable-looking pond, of all things.  [sfx: distant light highway traffic] And your car parked on the side of Windover Way.

One of the more intriguing discoveries to come from the dig is the remains of a pre-teen child, known to diggers as the Sick Kid....

[Note that this script is partial for this sample page. Yours will be longer.]