Photographic Cartography: Establishing Reality Through the Conditioning of the Senses (70499)

Session Information: Science, Environment and the Humanities
Session Chair: Suparada Jamparat

Sunday, 28 May 2023 10:45
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 708
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

This paper investigates cartography and the charting of the planet: it examines the historical evolution of mapping reality through chronological and cartographic narratives; observing how, in recent time, the delineations of the surface and depths of the planet through photography have modified the perception of reality: the enforcement of the unambiguous, the making of factuality and factography; how perception, navigation, and fruition of space have been engineered and manipulated by social, cultural, and economical interests. By establishing a dialogue between Vilem Flusser, his notion of technical images, and the concern with the cultural implications of mutating form of experiences, perceptions, and modes of behaviour; Foucault’s inquiry into the matter of social discipline and punishment; and lastly, Henry Lefevbre’s rhythmanalysis of everyday life, in architectural spaces constructed to maintain procedures of behaving and thinking. I inspect how the photographic reconstruction of reality has repercussions on the perceptual field: a multilayered mapping of the real through digital devices which generate cartographies, soundographies, olfactographies, tasteographies, and tactileographies of everyday life. I argue that these maps, matrices, and chronologies (calendars and recurrences) are designed with the purpose of maintaining social order: a status quo, a conditioning of behaviours and habits in a given habitus of the senses. Is there an alternative pathway for digital technology and devices to be a positive addition to our freedom of choice, rather than a grid of pre-established options? Can we bypass the utilitarian aspect of these technologies by channelling the latter into a Lefevbrian archi-technology of enjoyment?

Pellegrini Sascia, School of the Arts of Singapore, Singapore

About the Presenter(s)
Sascia’s expertise is in intermedia, and interdisciplinary arts, with a strong background in music composition and dance choreography: he has conducted courses in Academies and Universities in Scotland, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00