Between technological precision and artistic ambiguity in Locative Art

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  • Hybridization and Purity (LP)

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  • Between technological precision and artistic ambiguity in Locative Art

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  • ISEA 2018

    This paper discusses how ambiguity can mean a virtue rather than a problem in Locative Art domain. Pervasive media, which has the clinical precision as one of its key features, can reduce the understanding of location to a pure residue of a Cartesian coordinate system. The author argues that ambiguity, when applied to good effect in artworks supported by such monitoring
    systems, can encourage new mapping metaphors, which gives less emphasis to the point-to-point correspondence of the digital tracking. To orient the discussion, this paper focuses on Chronica Mobilis example. The qualitative analysis of this experimental artwork describes how it generates a dialogue between the determinism of geo-spatial technologies and the freedom of participants’ creative and performative actions.

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