MAP Lectures: The Network is not the Territory

MAP Lecture series on Wednesday Feb 28 in LIPSIUS 227 (one floor above our usual location), with Florian Sprenger (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main), who has just send us a new title and abstract that looks very exciting indeed. Here it is:

The Network is not the Territory. On Capturing Mobile Media – Florian Sprenger (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)

We presently live in a world of networked, smart media that are constantly relaying their location and their movements. The peculiar feature of cellular mobile networks, in which many of our gadgets operate, is that they are formed by the motion of end devices in relation to the position of radio towers. As a matter of principle, it is this motion that allows the location of devices to be identified within the network. In this lecture Florian Sprenger (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) argues that the emergence of mobile media based on cellular triangulation has introduced an ontology in which, by technical necessity, the position of every object is constantly registered and objects that don’t have an address do not exist. Reachability implies seamless connectivity. A world in which media are mobile in this way – in which we can move freely and our smartphones register our location – is thus a world in which the location and movement of all participants are, at all times, a known technical variable. With Xeros PARC’s “ubiquitous computing” as reference case, Sprenger scrutinizes how movement triggers the process that registers the locations of mobile phones or smartphones, a development he situates against the cybernetic imagination of determining the location and the movement of an object at the same time. Today, the potential to move freely may be enabled by standing as still as the infrastructures that surround us.

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Also upcoming:
28 March: Ekaterina Kalinina – Uncertainty of Digital Archives: Exploring Nostalgia and Civic Engagement
25 April: Inge van de Ven – Monumental Novels: Big Books in Times of Big Data

For more info on the series and our speakers, click here: MAP Lecture Leiden.