Background ideas that led to the making of Local Internet.
I went out to look for the internet locally and found it under my feet. About Local Internet
I am planning an online experiential learning workshop using Zoom. This is a good balanced article about how it effects your head. What struck me in the prep for the Zoom session was how you are in two places at once, online and offline, which takes some getting used to.
Satellite images, internet speed and traffic information tell a whole new story about Covid-19. Exploring the idea of cyberspace as a digital place which is an adjunct to physical, analogue space. This article shows how understanding digital space changes our perceptions of analogue space.
I am interested in what happens if we treat the intenet, or the web, cyberspace, as a real place. Rob Kitchin and Matin Dodge talk about code/space where digital code is integrated with physical or analogue space. A checkout in a shop for example, is useless without code and connection to the internet. The code/space has an influence on behaviour, ie no connection, no sale. We also behave differently at home, at work, in our shower or in the pub. To some extent where you are makes you who you are. I am an employee, only at work. This links into performance theories and humanistic geography and other areas. This is an interesting article about how being 'witnessed' makes us change our behaviour and our perceptions. Thus CCTV could change public behaviour.
This links to ideas by James Bridle, that we use the internet on our pc's and devices, and it inhabits 'The Cloud' and forget it is a physical thing. All our data is on a server somewhere, which means it is on a hard drive in a building owned by someone somewhere. The building will be remote from whatever location you are in, so it has to be transmitted through devices in the real physical world. This is a great bit of art as research, in terms of the photographer researching the internet as a physical, offline, entity.
An interesting article from Mutant Supremacy about designs people are working on to confuse AI and facial recognition so the MET and other agencies cannot read your face in public urban area.
Interesting programme suggests that our sense of identity and our memories are linked to a sense of place and connect the capacity to tell stories about ourselves at a physiological level through the hippocampus. If we learn to know where we are in space by using a map (as opposed to sat-nav) we have develop …