The Situationists’ “a critique of urban geography” is as relevant today as
it was when written (1948?) but maybe less accessible?; Tanazaki (“In
praise of Shadows”); maybe Lucy Lippard’s work on site specific works and
on place (“The Lure of the Local”, and on earthworks from 70’s); Borges’
“On the Exactitude of Science” and “Funes the Memorius”, both of which
describe the fictive/representative overtaking the physical setting; the I
Ching, or Book of Changes; Sei Shonagun’s the Pillow book, describing
series of perceptory images; the architectural deconstructions of Gordon
Matta-Clark, which makes an interesting comparison with his father’s work,
the painter Gordon Matta, whose work is aligned with cubists; Proust and
Musil for their description of places, Benjamin’s essay on Marseilles
under influence of hashish, and the one on the Berlin of his childhood;
Baudelaire, on the flaneur. For contemporary, Lev Manovich does a
wonderful job of placing locative or augmented media in context of
contemporary art history in his article “The Poetics of Augmented Space”
available as pdf on his website manovich.net.
One thing that strikes me is that so much literature, installation work,
etc. from past eras becomes relevant in a new way when thinking about
locative media. Another thing that becomes clear in my discussions with 19
yr old students, is that they really don’t give a shit about this sort of
analysis, no more than I cared as a kid about what tv does to us as a
society. how refreshing.
I had wonderful experience at futuresonic, and hope to have opportunity to
meet the amazing artists and others again. Thanks to Drew for the amazing
event and for all the opportunities for fun! Let me know if any of you
are in Los Angeles.
transmedia artist and lecturer
university of california san diego
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> Dont worry, this post isnt about Big Brother.
> Reading Naomi's post I was thrown back to a misspent youth reading too
> (no, really!) and I remembered what used to be a favourite text of mine
> many years ago - The Walkman Effect by Shuhei Hosokawa (1984).
> It is quite famous, so I am sure that people on this list will be familiar
> with it, but does anyone know if this has been revisted in the light of
> current buzz around mobile media.
> If not watch this space ;)
> (It was well over ten years ago that I last read it, so it might be a dead
> alley, I might even hate it now, but if you want the full reference it is
> Shuhei Hosokawa, ‘The Walkman Effect’, Popular Music Vol.4: Performers &
> Audiences, ed. R. Middleton & D. Horn, Cambridge University Press, 1984,
> Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 11:10:34 -0700 (PDT)
> Subject: Re: [NEW-MEDIA-CURATING] locative
> From: "Naomi Spellman" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: "Drew Hemment" <[log in to unmask]>
> Cc: [log in to unmask]
> I have been thinking of similar things lately. it seems that benjamin's
> concept of the aura, which was obliterated by cinema and tv as well, is
> reconnected within locative media, at least in context of experimental
> projects and research. But it seems like there are two trends: one
> reintroduces our environment, immediate surrounding, and nearby citizens
> to us t hrough mobile media, and one potentially alienates us further, in
> the sense that more and more we can f unction without need for direct
> human and tactile interaction. but i agree, this newfound complexity is
> the interesting part, as it is the unpredictable part and the part hard to
> compare to past mass media development, whether tv, print, etc.
mining the urban landscape