Summer Reading

The nature of space: Reading list

Rhizome Contributing Editor Marisa Olson has put together a basic reading list that will interest anyone exploring experimental geography. In recent years, access to geographical tools and data collection has expanded rapidly, allowing many artists to rethink their relationship to the earth and geographical study. The list (pasted below) includes key theoretical texts on the nature of space, texts on locative media, and works on radical cartography. Many of them cross over into game theory, cyberfeminism, relations between real and virtual spaces, surveillance, tactical media, psychogeography, situationism, sound art, networked cultures, site-specific installation art, and other related sub-themes. Rhizome admits this is just a starting point. Feel free to add other texts in the comments.

On Saturday, March 31, at 3pm, The New Museum presents “Experimental Geography Panel Discussion: An Aesthetic Investigation of Space.” Janet Abrams and Peter Hall (eds), Else/Where: Mapping — New Cartographies of Networks and Territories, Univ Minnesota Design Institute, 2006 Saul Albert, “Locative Literacy,” Mute, July 12, 2004 Marc Aug�, Non-Places: an Introduction to the Anthropology of Supermodernity, London & New York: Verso, 1995 Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, Beacon, 1994 Walter Benjamin, “The Author As Producer,” New Left Review Issue 62, July-August 1970 Marsha Berry, “Locative media: geoplaced tactics of resistance,” International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, Volume 4, Issue 2-3, 2009 Hakim Bey, “No Go Zone” Hakim Bey, The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism, Autonomedia, 1985 Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture Routledge, London, 1994 Alexis Bhagat and Lize Mogel (eds.), An Atlas of Radical Cartography, pub. Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press, 2008 Joline Blais, “Indigenous Domain: Pilgrims, Permaculture and Perl,” Intelligent Agent, Volume 6, Number 2 Julian Bleecker, “A Design Approach for the Geospatial Web,” O’Reilly Media, June 2005 Joel Bonnemaison, Culture and Space: Conceiving a New Cultural Geography, I.B. Tauris, 2005 Nicolas Bourriaud, Relational Aesthetics, Les Presse Du Reel, 1998 Benjamin Bratton and Natalie Jeremijenko; Laura Forlano and Dharma Dailey, Situated Technologies Pamphlets 3: Situated Advocacy, Summer 2008 Victor Burgin, In/Different Spaces: Place and Memory in Visual Culture, University of California Press, 1996 Mike Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, Verso, 2006 Guy Debord, “Theory of the Derive,” International Situationiste #2, 1958 Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, University of California Press, 1984 Gilles Deleuze, “Postscript on the Societies of Control,” OCTOBER 59, MIT Press, Winter 1992 Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, “Tunable Cities,” Architectural Design 68, no. 11/12, November-December 1998 John Fels and Denis Wood, The Natures of Maps: Cartographic Constructions of the Natural World, University Of Chicago Press, 2009 Michel Foucault, “Of Other Spaces, Heterotopias, 1967 Michel Foucault, “Panopticism,” in Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Vintage Books, 1995 Anne Galloway, “Intimations of Everyday Life: Ubiquitous Computing and the City.” Cultural Studies, Volume 18, Numbers 2� 3, pp. 384-408, 2004 [pdf] Petra Gemeinboeck and Atau Tanaka, “A framework for spatial interaction in locative media“, Proceedings of the 2006 Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, June 04-08, 2006, Paris, France Kevin Hamilton, “Mobility as Freedom in Critical Art and New Media,” 2006 Kevin Hamilton, “Absence in Common: An Operator for the Inoperative Community,” (ISEA 2006) Katharine Harmon, You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, Princeton Architectural Press, 2003 David Harvey, Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography, Routledge, 2001 Emma Hedditch, “Locative Feminism,” Mute, September 18, 2005 Drew Hemment (ed) Locative Media Special Issue, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Volume 14, Issue 3 Drew Hemment, “The Locative Dystopia” (2004) Jeremy Hight, “Narrative Archaeology,” Xcp: Streetnotes: Summer 2003 Anthony Hoete, ROAM Reader On The Aesthetics of Mobility, Phaidon/ Black Dog Press, 2002 Jeffrey Kastner (ed), Land & Environmental Art (Themes & Movements), Phaidon, 2005 Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space, Wiley-Blackwell, 1992 Lucy Lippard, The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society, New Press, 1998 Lucy Lippard, On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place, New Press, 1999 Miwon Kwon, One Place after Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity, MIT Press, 2004 Kevin Lynch, The Image of the City MIT Press, 1960 Tapio M�kel�, “Ars Memorativa in the Interactive City: Private Layers, Sublime Technologies in Public Spaces, (ISEA 2006) Lev Manovich, “The Poetics of Augmented Space: Learning from Prada,” 2002 [pdf] William J. Mitchell, Me++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City, MIT Press, 2003 Malcolm McCullough, Digital Ground: Architecture, Pervasive Computing, and Environmental Knowing, MIT Press, 2004 Trevor Paglen, Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon’s Secret World, Penguin, 2009 Paraskevopoulou, Charitos, Rizopoulos, “Location-specific art practices that challenge the traditional conception of mapping,” Art Nodes Issue 8 David Pinder, Visions of the City: Utopianism, Power and Politics in Twentieth-Century Urbanism, Routledge, 2006 Simon Pope, “The Shape of Locative Media,” Mute February 9, 2005 Howard Rheingold, Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, Basic Books, 2002 Irit Rogoff, Terra Infirma: Geography’s Visual Culture, Routledge, 2000 Simon Sadler, The Situationist City, MIT Press, 1998 Alison Sant, “Redefining The Basemap,” Intelligent Agent, Volume 6, Number 2 Simon Schama, Landscape and Memory, Vintage, 1976 Wolfgang Schivelbusch, The Railway Journey: The Industrialization and Perception of Time and Space, University of California Press, 1987 Robert Smithson, Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings (Jack Flam, ed.), University of California Press, 1996 Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust, Penguin, 2001 Erika Suderburg, Space, Site, Intervention: Situating Installation Art, University of Minnesota Press, 2000 Pall Thayer “On narrative, abstract and location: A few words on lacation-based data in art,” 2004 [pdf] Nato Thompson (ed), Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism Anthony Townsend, “Envisioning the ubiquitous city” Anthony Townsend “Digitally Mediated Urban Space: New Lessons for Design” Praxis (2004) [pdf] Yi-Fu Tuan, Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience, University of Minnesota, 1977 Marc Tuters (ed), “Acoustic Space: Trans Cultural Mapping,” Riga: The Center for New Media Culture RICX, 2004 Marc Tuters and Kazys Varnelis, “Beyond Locative Media,” Networked Publics blog Urban Tapestries essay collection Kazys Varnelis and Anne Friedber, Place: Networked Place, Networked Publics blog Kazys Varnelis, The Infrastructural City: Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles, Actar, 2009 Robert Venturi, Learning from Las Vegas, MIT Press, 1977 Denis Wood, The Power of Maps, Guilford Press, 1992

One Comment

  1. I would add the Fate of Place by Edward S. Casey. He explores the full philosophical history of space and place. Excellent and dense.

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