Null Island: Exploring the busiest place on earth that doesn't exist

25 Apr 2019 – 5 May 2019

Event times

11am-5pm (Thursday - Sunday)

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England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Hackney Central

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The busiest place on Earth, but impossible to visit. It is the most photographed place, but impossible to find. This non-place is only visible to machines, and you cannot travel there.


Null Island, a term coined by cartographers in the early 2000’s, depicts the point where the equator and meridian intersect. 0° North, 0° East, perplexes the machine. Computers need a piece of land on which to ground their calculations. So we feed them a fiction, throw a nonexistent island out into the ocean. In return they run the numbers for our GPS, guiding us home safely at night, tagging our photos and mapping our memories, aligning our satellites and connecting us across the globe. When our geo-coders fail or result in error, our data ends at Null Island (0,0). 

Our digital explorations have found; over 300,000 images, Pokémon, Tinder profiles, Wisconsin voting data, L.A.P.D. crime data, weather reports, blue plaques, apartments blocks and Hertz to name a few. The exhibition will showcase a series of work that interpret, interrogate, and organise this huge, ever-changing dataset. 

Private View: 24th April 6-9pm

25th April until 5th May between 11am-5pm (Thursday - Sunday) at Sluice Gallery, 171 Morning Lane, London E9 6JY

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