Location Services: Tenam Puente

Triangulation is a process by which the location of a radio transmitter can be determined by measuring either the radial distance, or the direction, of the received signal from two or three different points. Triangulation is used in cellular communications to pinpoint the geographic position of a user. Three satellites at different locations in a cyclical orbit above earth will pinpoint the location of an iPhone user accurately to one meter. 

The Maya watched the sky and its infinite dimensions, they were particularly interested in certain specific astronomical objects. The sun, the moon, Venus, and specific star clusters and constellations were most important. These objects were given the most attention by the priest-astronomers, who spent generations finding the precise paths of these objects across the sky and through the seasons. The Maya positioned themselves as the center of the universe, with the heavens and gods above, and the underworld below. Their calendar was more accurate than the western Gregorian calendar; it was only off by 6.5 hours. 

The first photos of Tenam Puente were published in the book Tribes and Temples by archeologists Frans Blom and Oliver La Farge in 1928. The images were taken by Gertrude Duby Blom, Frans wife. She took more than 40,000 photos of various archaeological sites in her lifetime. 

Tenam Puente requires a permit if you want to use a tripod to take photographs at the archaeological site. A small fee is made for the use of hand-held video equipment.

What are the consequences of a digital footprint ?

What is claimed through a geotag ?

What is the legacy of an image without consent ?

What is sacred when one is distracted ? 

Is a video on loop a circle or a sphere ?

-sent from my iPhone