From Google to Waze and Back, or Here Comes the Drivenger

From Google to Waze and Back, or Here Comes the Drivenger
Here’s a prolonged deliberation on agency, design, cars and the future rise of drivengers, that will drive/ride automatic cars. It’s an attempt to make heads or tails out of the uneasy relationship that technologies behind mapping conglomerates have with cars and the movement of cars in space. There are two main actors in this post ...

Maps Under Fire

Maps Under Fire
I’m doing my field work in Israel ATM, a usually complicated affair that is being even more complicated by constant rocket alarms, running to cover and consequent booms that characterize the current round of conflict. I’m super busy and this blogs suffers, but such is field work. In any case, this website, called Tzeva Adom ...

Colonizing the (pre-cognitive) Quotidian

Colonizing the (pre-cognitive) Quotidian
As I was writing a paragraph on what David Berry calls the ‘pre-thought’ or the ‘pre-cognitive’ and how it relates to my own ideas on the casual, I needed to cite his most recent book on critical theory (As customary and proper in academic work). I am a big fan of Zotero and use it ...

Conference | SMART Cognitive Science 2015

Cognitive Science conference next year in Amsterdam with two interesting workshops: -Embodied Cognition, Art and Affordances Organizers: Julian Kiverstein and Erik Rietveld   -Games and Cognition Organizer: Nina Gierasimczuk Conference | SMART Cognitive Science.

What Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Means from a Playful Perspective

What Facebook ‘Nearby Friends' Means from a Playful Perspective
Well, it means that Facebook is further tapping into What Brian Sutton-Smith calls ‘the rhetoric of play as the imaginary’ – whereas playfulness is associated with creativity, discovery and serendipity. Facebook rolled out an opt-in update that allows people to track and be tracked via the app, capitalising on the potential of running into your ...

Critical Ways of Seeing – 21-22/5/2014 | Radical Media Forum

Critical Ways of Seeing – 21-22/5/2014 | Radical Media Forum. An interesting event at Goldsmiths, I think I’m going: Two Day Symposium and Master Class with Dr Philippe Rekacewicz (Head Geographer & Cartographer, Le Monde Diplomatique), Giulio Frigieri (Infographics, The Guardian), Alfredo Cramerotti (Mostyn, Wales’ Contemporary Art Centre), Mushon Zer-Aviv (Media Activist, Tel Aviv/New York), Galia Offri (Artist/Tel ...

Clarifying Casual Powers in Maps

Clarifying Casual Powers in Maps
I often find myself explaining my research project (as many academics, and PhDs especially, do) and when doing so, Google Maps comes as easy and recognisable example of: a digital map that is widely used by non-professional users who are not accounting for the designers’ manipulation of additional elements in maps’ interface (=not aware of ...

On meta narratives in games 2

I’ve been playing again some Endless Space (ES) recently, a new take on the classic 4X genre (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) in the footpaths of such titles like Sid Meir’s Civilization series or Masters of Orion. The game is a pretty straightforward galactic empire builder with several types of victory possible (from population, scientific ...