The Infosphere, the Geosphere and the Mirror: The Geomedia-Based Normative Renegotiations of Body and Place, Francesco Lapenta, new article out now:

my new article out now: The Infosphere, the Geosphere and the Mirror: The Geomedia-Based Normative Renegotiations of Body and Place Francesco Lapenta in Mobile Technology and Place<a link amazon link Edited by Rowan Wilken, Gerard Goggin in Series: Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture

The Infosphere, the Geosphere and the Mirror. The Geomedia Based Normative Renegotiation of Body and Place.

First there are the utopias. Utopias are sites with no real place. They are sites that have a general relation of direct or inverted analogy with the real space of Society.  They present society itself in a perfected form, or else society turned upside down (…). There are also, in every culture, in every civilization, real places – places that do exist and that are formed in the very founding of society which are something like counter-sites, a kind of effectively enacted utopia  in which the real sites (…) are simultaneously represented, contested, and inverted. I believe that between utopias and these quite other sites, these heterotopias, there might be a sort of mixed, joint experience, which would be the mirror.  Focault

 

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“Locative Media and the Digital Visualization of Space, Place and Information”, Lapenta Francesco Ed.

Visual Studies: Volume 26 Issue 1

Special Issue:Locative Media and the Digital Visualisation of Space, Place and Information

This new issue contains the following articles:

Guest Editor’s Introduction
Locative media and the digital visualisation of space, place and information, Pages 1 – 3
Author: Francesco Lapenta  ARTICLE HERE

Articles
Sensory digital photography: re-thinking ‘moving’ and the image, Pages 4 – 13
Author: Sarah Pink

Geomedia: on location-based media, the changing status of collective image production and the emergence of social navigation systems, Pages 14 – 24
Author: Francesco Lapenta    ARTICLE HERE

The algorithmic turn: photosynth, augmented reality and the changing implications of the image, Pages 25 – 35
Author: William Uricchio

>What is visualisation? Pages 36 – 49
Author: Lev Manovich

Is music becoming more visual? Online video content in the music industry, Pages 50 – 61
Author: Fabian Holt

The lie of the land: Mark Monmonier on maps, technology and social change, Pages 62 – 70
Author: Rob Walker

Coming out next month. “Locative Media and the Digital Visualization of Space, Place and Information” edited by yours truly

Finally after over a year in the making with contributions by William Uricchio, Lev Manovich, Sarah Pink, Fabian Holt, Rob Walker and yours truly an exploration of the fast changing scenarios of location based applications and related information and world representations changing ontologies and epistemologies

Google set to sell ads for Streetview. The first steps into the GeoMedia commercial renegotiation of the Virtual Map

As I described a long time ago in the GeoMedia study (hopefully soon to be published in an article) companies that have invested in Geomedia applications, such as google maps and street view will soon see and invest in the commercial potential of their administrated Virtual Space. The question is are we going to see a fight over representations of public space. Landmark monuments would offer great location for virtual ads. Think the statue of Liberty or the Eiffel tower with a big “Apple” or “Coca Cola” ad rotating over them. We are only witnessing the beginning. Things are going to get more interesting real soon when companies institutions and private citizens will realize the potential use of their virtually represented spaces.

LINK to the abstract of my article on Geomedia: here

LINK to articles on this story: here

GeoMedia and the Rise of Social Navigation Systems.

Finally a rough draft of the Geomedia article for you to browse. As you will see it is in a very rough form but wanted to bring it out to have feed back from you. The article discusses the new generation of location based technologies and the ways in which they will rearticulate our perception of time, commodification of space, digital merging of collaborative pictures, sound, and texts collections using WEB 2.0 tools and logics and available and developing softwares and services, PhotoSynth, Google maps, Flicker. The article also describes the social behaviors that will be favored by these new technologies (which I call Social Navigation Systems). Feed back are appreciated and needed so do write back with comments and ideas, anything suggested and used in the final article will be of course properly credited and accounted for.

geomedia-and-the-rise-of-social-navigation-systems5th (Version 5, 2008 December).  The article is set on private, please do e-mail me if you want to read the draft.

New info about the article will be periodically updated here until completion and publication.

GeoMedia: the Early Developments of WEB 3.0 aka Location Based technologies and Media

This morning I left my studio in St Marks Pl ( 40°43’44.58″N,  73°59’18.82″W) at 09:13. I arrived at my favorite Caffe´, Taralluci e Vino ( 40°43’44.18″N,  73°59’4.38″W) at 09:21 and ordered breakfast, one big cappuccino and a plain croissant. When I placed my order on my mobile I was a little disappointed to see that my favourite chocolate croissants were finished. I always get a chocolate croissant with my cappuccino, I am a man of  habits, I should have checked before going out and reserved one for my breakfast before getting there, but then again I know I would never do that, I have always been too lazy to organise things too much in advance. While waiting for my breakfast I start to plan my day. I first check my live contacts on my world map, I can see that my wife is still at work (55°40’59.30″N, 12°34’43.00″E). She will be there for one hour more it´s 15:24 pm in Copenhagen, and she normally leaves the office around 16:30. Maurizio, my brother, instead is communicating to his friends that tonight he will go to a concert, the concert is in a club I know really well “Il Covo” (44°30’28.24″N, 11°22’39.15″E) , Bologna. Hold on, let me see; ok, I can see that the “Futureheads” are playing there tonight, I know he really likes them. Let me check, hummm not my kind of music, we always had different music taste me and my brother.

The cappuccino and the croissant arrive, I get a taste of both, delicious, the day is not really starting until I get my cup of coffee. Later today I have to meet with Dough who is coming from Pittsburgh ( 40°26’12.96″N,  79°59’21.33″W), but I can see on the live map that he is still 2 hours and 31 min away from New York ( 40°45’2.09″N,  73°59’36.89″W), the Amtrak live info system says that the train is on time, good. I get another sip of my coffee and another bite of my croissant, huuummm. I briefly check my e-mails, and turn on my online status. Within seconds Eric calls me, it´s really early, 06:31 am, in Arizona, Tempe (33°25’6.17″N, 111°55’59.10″W), I can see from the sun in the background that it is going to be another hot day in the Grand Canyon State, you really need to start the day early if you want something to get done with that heat. The phone vibrates, I check the Locator and tell Eric that we´ll chat later during the day, Locator is showing me that John is few blocks away and he is free, I send him my local call and invite him to join me for breakfast. I get another bite of my croissant, and briefly go trough my RSS feeds, one more sip of my cappucciono and i am on my to do list. I could not live without my To Do List and my Locator, too lazy to get in all the shops to find the things I need, I just set the list on my mobile and while walking around the city a vibration will tell me when I am in the proximity of a shop that has the items I require, the things I would like to see, the people i would like to meet. It´s 09:41 and John arrives, I smile to him, and put my mobile in my pocket thinking; how did I manage life before 2008? before the iPhone 2.0 and the  whole mobile WEB 3.0.

Preferred Reference System

Lapenta, Francesco, 2008, “GeoMedia: Looking Back at 2008 and the Early Developments of WEB 3.0”, Draft June 2008, http://www.visual-studies.eu

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