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01 APRIL 2012

Information Environments: Realising the geo/graphic landscape of the everyday

"Graphic design and typography give visual form to communication. For geographers this is the oft–ignored liminal space between landscape and its description, author and reader. For designers it is a crucial part of the communication process. This practice–led inquiry proposes that by developing a cross–disciplinary geo/graphic design process thus establishing the visualisation of space as a process itself, and not by the product of scientific investigation, designers will engage with place in a more proactive and productive way in terms of community, content and communication. Chosen for its complexity and its contrasting juxtapositions, the London Borough of Hackney will be used as the research and testing ground for the enquiry. Contrasting definitions of place will be used to underpin the project. [Doreen] Massey's notion of place as process and [Yi–Fu] Tuan's vision of place as pause will frame the study in such a way as to recognise place as a postmodern site of spontaneity and chance, but one that is shaped and known by events both past and present. An ethnographic methodology will be used to gather and analyse content. Methods of collection will include cultural probes, participant observation and interviews. This content will then be used to develop a series of print based design projects that will explore the problem of representation in a postmodern context, and lead to the articulation and testing of a geo/graphic design process."

(Alison Barnes, London College of Communication)

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2011AHRC • Alison Barnes • Bachelor of Design • cultural geographycultural probes • David Crow • Design Council (UK)design processdesign researcherDoreen Massey • Edinburgh University • Eric Laurier • everyday • geographic landscape • geographygraphic designerHackney • Information Environments (research centre) • interdisciplinary method • LCCliminal spaceLondon College of Communication (UAL) • Manchester Metropolitan University • participant observationPhDplacepractice and theory • re-presenting place • research student • researching • Teal Triggs • thesisUniversity of Western Sydneyvisual communication • Yi-Fu Tuan

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Simon Perkins
25 MARCH 2007

Locating Mobility: Practices Of Co-presence And The Persistence Of The Postal Metaphor In SMS/ MMS Mobile Phone Customization In Melbourne

"As a vehicle arguably furthering the collapsing between work and leisure distinctions, the mobile phone is a clear extension of what Raymond Williams dubbed 'mobile privatization' (1974). Here one can still be physically within the home and yet, simultaneously, be electronically transported to other places. According to Wajcman et al's study of Australian mobile telephony, the transformation and diffusion of boundaries between traditional private and public spheres (2004: 9) ? as signified in Williams's prescient 'mobile privatization' ? sees mobile telephony penetrating 'new geographic spaces that enable the consumption and communication process to be applied in new social, cultural and psychological spaces' (2004: 12).[1] At the heart of Williams's notion is the extension and re–articulation of domesticity beyond simple physical place, into co–present practices of place Doreen Massey calls 'locality' (1993). In this there are many paradoxes. For one thing, domestication may have moved out of the home ? literally, in the case of the mobile phone ? but ideas of locality (Massey, 1993) and place are still, if not more, enduring (Ito, 2002). Like other domesticated technologies (Morley, 2003), the processes involved are far from simple or finalized, as each specific site locates and adapts to new cultural artifacts in a series of exchanges. We domesticate domesticating technologies (i.e. TV, phone) as much as they domesticate us. Domesticating technologies may be underscored by new modes of 'mobile privatization' but they are also fraught with feelings of disjuncture as one rides the practices of co–presence integral to the relationship between place and mobility ? actual and electronic ? found today (Urry, 2002; Ito, 2002; Morse, 1998). The "domestic" may no longer be physically located in the actual home. Yet, as we roam with our mobile phones and co–present dreams, locality is only a phone call away?"
(Larissa Hjorth)

Ito, Mizuko. ?Introduction: Personal, Portable, Pedestrian?, in Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life, eds. Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe and Misa Matsuda (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2005), 1–16.
Massey, Doreen. ?Questions of locality?, Geography 78 (1993): 142–9
Morse, Margaret. Virtualities: television, media art, and cyberculture (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998).
Morley, David. ?What?s ?home? got to do with it??, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 6.4 (2003): 435–458.
Urry, John. ?Mobility and Proximity?, Sociology 36.2 (2002): 255–274.
Wajcman, Judy and John Beaton (eds). ?The Impact of the Mobile Telephone in Australia: Social Science Research Opportunities (A Discussion Paper)?, presented at The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association Conference (September, 2004).
Williams, Raymond. Television: Technology and Cultural Form (London: Fontana, 1974).

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co-presence • Doreen MasseymetaphorMMSmobility • postal metaphor • SMS
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