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On Psycho/Subjective Geographic Systems
2006-11-11 18:34:17 - by Nicolas Malevé

PGS versus GPS : On Psycho/Subjective Geographic Systems
by elpueblodechina dialoguing with yves degoyon ( MapOMatix )

Mapomatics nightmarruecos

A subjective positioning system would be developed after working on questions such as what is the meaning of location when the activities that are mapped are constituted by human practices? Some inmaterial entities are missing in the mapping of human activities, for example, how can you trace the influence of a writer in a network of conversations? When trying to give location to the inmaterial, ephemeral, distributed and non objective nature of for instance, human labor, human play and civil participation, it seems that all monitoring - based systems will fail in locating the subjective nature of flows of human activity and the processes involved.


The use of Global Positioning System becomes powerful for independent media practitioners when it can survey the activity of police or other control forces. In this sense, it can be seen as useful when it counterbalances the forces of world government (*) but, even in this case, it reveals itself as insufficient since a place as a set of geographical coordinates does not contain the experience of the place. Furthermore, it fails when it’s used in in dependen t practices if we consider that it makes a lot of sense in terms of
market logic.


Spotting geographical locations, targeting and navigating are some narratives attached to GPS that are not so far from militar logistics or other kinds of methods based on stratification, verticality, identification, separation and distinction. We can relate to experience in different ways not all based on stratifying processes. A far more interesting ground of experimentation comes for instance from projects working on ways of materializing openness and the gift.
A geo-wiki as mapOmatix points towards a reinvention of locality, not as a source of time stamped information but as a ground for narration. These practices bring to the global space of the internet a structural shift in the modes of relation to experience. As narratives composed by open nodes that enlight a distributed conversation, different dialogues are being assembled as units of the multitude (monades (**) ). These horizontal networks contain a space to participate and experiment developing models different from those of consumption.

* Nightmarruecos map made by indymedia estrecho
** Monads in the sense of myriads of infinitesimal changes :Gabriel Tarde (1893) Monadologie et sociologie.

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