Friday, December 12, 2014

Spatial media/tion by Agnieszka Leszczynski

I'm including a link to a recent Progress in Human Geography article by Agnieszka Leszczynski (University of Birmingham, UK).  I noted in a recent tweet that a new paper by Leszczynski is always an event, and we hope to have her to Royal Holloway soon for a presentation of her work.  Here is the abstract of the latest new theoretical development:

This paper builds on the designation of networked spatial information technologies (both hardware/software objects and information artifacts) as ‘spatial media’ to advance media as an epistemology for engaging these presences as both channels for content and as cultural apparatuses. Doing so directly asserts their materiality as coincident with (new) media techno-cultural productions. This allows for a theory of mediation that belies narratives of ‘virtual’–‘real’ spatial hybrids by instead understanding spatiality (as the nexus of material sociospatio-technical relations) as always-already mediated – i.e. as the ontogenetic effects of the contingent, necessarily incomplete comings-together of technical presences, persons, and space/place.

epistemology, location, materiality, mediation, spatial big data, spatial media

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