For our last official discussion, I’d like to propose a research project. We’ve talked about capture and surveillance,  simulations, representations and conceptualizations of space, dynamic systems, altered and augmented realities, performance and identities real and virtual. We’ve talked about the fuzzy line between reality lived and reality represented.  Our own attraction/repulsion for new technologies and our own negotiations of their impact on our daily lives has been a recurrent theme, a constant questioning of the role and identity of the individual within the context of a flow, a stream or a system.

I’d like to have each of us revisit a place from our past as it exists in the present online. It should be a place that has strong associations for you, a place about which you have a personal definition. Using google street view, wikipedia, google images, local web pages (monuments, historical society, photo archives, associations, tourist information), explore past/present definitions and representations of this location, before, during and after the time in which you lived there.

There are a number of art works online that provide a useful framework for thinking about this assignment. One of the most compelling is “Welcome to Pine Point” by Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge. This site is a media essay funded by the National Film Board in Canada. It takes between 20 and 40 minutes to explore.

Jon Rafman and Michael Wolf are among a number of artists who have trolled Google street view for very temporal images; images  that map not only a specific location, but also a specific moment in time. Obviously this is true of all Google street view images, but Rafman and Wolf and others hunt down examples where it is conspicuous.

Rob Hewlitt and Ben Kingsley have taken a different approach to Google Street View; they’ve manipulated what is captured, rather than found what occurred spontaneously.


Culture of Diagram

Laws of Cool

Above please find links to two readings. The only assigned one is The Laws of Cool, but I am also attaching a chapter from the Culture of Diagram just because it’s so darn interesting. You don’t have to read it.

Hi all,

I wasn’t sure exactly what we decided to do next Wednesday, but if we want to continue the last discussion we had, I recommend we read the next section in the Terranova book (on network time). Al suggested we could also discuss my paper on Simulation and Post-Panopticism (uploaded in a previous blog post), and I’m happy to do this too.

See everyone next week.


While this is not directly connected to either this week’s or last week’s readings, it seems worth a look for a few reasons.( watch the 3 minute video for an explanation of the project)

I thought this image was an interesting representation of the idea of capture. It’s a series of long-take pictures by Alexey Titarenko from the 1990s, an “army of shadows”.

More here.

Hi all,

here is the Terranova book via WordPress! Please read Intro and 1st section.
Terranova – Network Culture.pdf

I think I uploaded the wrong thing yesterday (still thinking of Al’s toopology talk last week.  I actually wanted to provide a link to a paper I wrote on surveillance for the Routledge International Handbook of Surveillance Studies.  The title is simulation and post-Panopticism.  It’s amid a couple of other files in the folder below if you’re interested.  I actually published a book on surveillance almost 14 years ago, so the readings for tomorrow were very interesting.