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O’megaville: Excursions in Planetary Urbanism


Hornblow, M, O'megaville: Excursions in Planetary Urbanism, Proceedings of ISEA 2015, 14-19 August 2015, Vancouver, Canada, pp. 1-4. ISSN 2451-8611 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Four decades ago Henri Lefebvre anticipated the complete urbanization of the planet, which no longer sounds so strange. Radical shifts seem to appear in our experience of the city, through dislocations of self and body, the World and the Earth. This paper explores a range of concerns underpinning a media performance project – O’megaVille – using Google Street View as a platform for critical approaches to planetary urbanism. This has involved dance workshops in Mexico, mobile media actions and video installation in Montreal and New York, and a performancelecture in Toronto, amongst other events. In this paper I’ll use Google Street View (GSV) to think about how media assemblages play an enactive role in the speculative nature of experience. How may GSV be seen to illustrate what I see as an emerging urban condition that is simultaneously planetary and embodied? What may be at stake here for bodies (broadly defined) that operate within a distributed field of forces – in part nonhuman, often inhuman? And how may these disruptions in the fabric of experience call for a speculative response? Linked to a separate Artist Poster session at ISEA, this paper offers a series of conceptual and theoretical sketches for surveying the ruptured cohesion of Google Street View.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:locative media, planetary urbanism, Google Street View, cinema, cinephilosophy
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Other built environment and design
Research Field:Other built environment and design not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Technological ethics
UTAS Author:Hornblow, M (Dr Michael Hornblow)
ID Code:114068
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2017-02-03
Last Modified:2017-12-18
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