Digital Perspectives: Mapping Mobilities across Sites & Disciplines

University of Sussex, 24th July 2013

Attenborough Centre Creativity Zone, Pevensey III, Room C7

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We look forward to welcoming you onto our summery campus next week – indeed an ideal site for exploring ways to digitally map mobilities. We intend to do this both physically and conceptually at our workshop.


To prepare:

–       5” (max) powerpoint presentation of how your research relates to the workshop theme, according to your definition of its key terms (ppt available on a memory stick)


To bring:

–       Laptop

–       Mobile phone, GPS enabled if possible

–       Comfortable walking shoes and clothing


Digital Perspectives include:

– moving from still graphic or photographic, or discrete cinematographic images, to visual outputs obtained by real-time motion recording and modeling

– moving beyond text-dominated disciplines to multimodal knowledge systems (image, sound, haptics, kinaesthetics)


Mapping includes:

visually projecting locational information


Mobilities include:

– human motion, which responds to and is shaped by its physical and cultural anchorage, kinetic legacies and expectations

– collective and micro- mobilities

– virtual mobilities experienced in/ imputable to digital environments


Sites include:

Environments “in the wild” and subject to human intervention

Places that accommodate and afford specific corporeal behaviours:

–       domestic sites

–       public sites, urban places, the agora, sites of commerce

–       sites for sport and for celebrating physical exertion

–       laboratories for testing, calibrating, optimising performance

–       virtual/ hybrid or other sites soliciting new kinds of corporeal engagement


Disciplines include:

Performing arts – dance, theatre, choreography, puppetry, music

Medicine, physiology, biomechanics, physiotherapy, kinesthetic, proprioception

Archaeology, architecture, museum studies, urban development, design, ergonomics

Human-computer interaction, animation, film, movement notation

Semiotics, cognitive linguistics, spatial cognition






Registration, refreshments, introduction to the day’s activities



– Participant and trainer research overviews

– Constitution of work groups

– Description of site walking and tagging exercise



Walking and tagging






Collation and group analysis of materials



Experiment in “virtual mobility” mapping



Conclusions and refreshments





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