Week 8 — Notes : Locative Arts and Mobile Media

Hello! Our two readings for this week deal with locative arts and mobile technologies and the ways in which we experience them with our sensory-inscribed bodies.

Jason Farman‘s chapter helps us frame our understanding of Hemment’s survey of locative arts projects, and this week and next week’s themes of digital/online space. It is a tough chapter, so below are some of guiding points to focus on. For continuity I have also included some guiding questions to Hemment’s piece. Of course you are also welcome to focus on other parts if they are suited towards your research goals. 🙂

If you have any questions/muddy points of the readings, post a comment!

note: Farman is constructing a new definition of embodiment out of two strains 1) (our friend Merleau-Ponty), phenomenology and 2) (Derrida) post-structuralism. Do not worry about his reading of Derrida. 

  • Embodiment — eg. is a spatial practice, formed through perception, can never exist outside of culture
  • “We are embodied through 1) our perceptive being-in-the-world and simultaneously through our reading of the world and 2) our place as an inscribed body in the world” (33). Explain the two parts of this argument. To help you, think of: cognitive mapping, proprioception, how we perform gender/race, interpellation >how we are identified by others, how our bodies are inscribed with gender, etc.
  • sensory-inscribed body
  • take note of Lefebvre and Grosz, Merleau-Ponty – how does this chapter help advance our understanding of their theories of space (Lefebvre), the body (Grosz), and perception/experience (Merleau-Ponty).
  • phenomenology
  • the mind/body dualism (go back to Week 2 notes)
  • virtual/real (go back to Week 4 notes)
  • proprioception

Drew Hemment

  • What is locative art?
  • 3 categories of locative arts
  • relationship between mobile media and locative arts
  • Farman argues that “we notice the world and places within in through what we perceive, those things that are obvious to us through the senses. However, just as important are those things we do not notice—at the level of cognitive unconscious” (28). How can locative arts make us notice things we don’t tend to notice? Orient our bodies in new ways? Give examples.
  • How do locative arts extend our meaning of space?
  • How do locative arts extend our sense of embodiment?
  • How can locative arts act as forms of détournement?
  • How is your mis-guide a form of locative art?

How do both readings help us analyze the environment?



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