Mapping and the Subject as Body

Reengineering of the Sensoriun and Imaginary landscape: Mixed reality by Leci Maria Augusto/ Peripato Telematikos by Greg Giannis/ LazarilloGPS by Carolina Paola Caluori
Sunday, 18 September, 2011 - 14:45 - 15:45
Chair Person: 
Julianne Pierce
Leci Augusto
Greg Giannis
Carolina Caluori

Reengineering of the Sensoriun and Imaginary landscape: Mixed reality

by Leci Maria Augusto

The article turns to exploration, understanding and practice of artistic-scientific landscape transformations. The landscape is understood as the space of experience dominated by the embodiment of the subjects and objects. Physically, the body inhabits the space that it is. To be is to become a matter of corporal space. Thus, the space is part of the body. Body and space are blended, mixed, impregnated because  the spatial structure of landscape belongs to the  description of our surroundings. The sensório-motor apparatus is on the landscape, space for anthropic proposal, as Peter Anders's (2003) purpose, based on human experience in the body, between the space and information. The research involves studies on the imagined geography and environment art."

Geotagging  transforms the territorial configuration of the landscape by creating an abstract projection of connection nodes in a global cartography, and each new appearance of synthetic objects, change the context and  also the meaning generation process. According to the Brazilian geographer Milton Santos (2004), physical reconfiguration allows the construction of a new story. We, the humans beings,  are responsible for the rebuilt our environment. and Santos purpose that it happens through the perception of motion of the all things and events. In this re-construction of the environment we exist as co-loccated ecological beings. Domingues (2008) stress that the subject becomes biocybrid  in the flow of the dynamic relation between subject, object and environment. And this proposition overcomes the dichotomy between subject and object, as well as the nature and culture.

Our researches describes a transdisciplinary artistic project in art and technoscience that is  developening in the LART– Research Laboratory of Art and TechnoScience, at the University of Brasília, Brazil.

Peripato Telematikos

by Greg Giannis

The work that I am proposing to present and discuss has been part of my creative Phd candidature that is now completed. The work is an innovative digitally based cartography and live art project that allows for the creation of subjective mappings in real-time through collaboration and public participation. The participants engage in "walks" throughout open spaces, submitting media (text, images, sounds, etc) with a basic mobile phone (only camera and MMS is required, almost standard on all phones.) The media is sent to a custom made hardware and software system that places the content into an experimental zooming interface as it arrives. Hence the mappings are created as the participants submit media contributions and can be viewed as it is being constructed. Originally the interface is empty, ie an open space, waiting populating. I have authored all the software.

This project has been run in many locations in Australia and overseas (Greece and Brazil), at a conference (Create World, Brisbane), in galleries and other festivals. These are all documented at

The work also allows for individual subjective mappings, which I have conducted in several locations. My interest has been in tracing the paths of submerged streams and rivers, which occur in many cities of the world. The best examples of this are the Darebin ROW and Sao Paulo mappings. The work has also been presented at ISEA Singapore.


by Carolina Paola Caluori

LazarilloGPS is an artistic project through which we make accessible touristic routes for tourists who visit a specific city on a wheelchair. It deals directly with references from net art, web support projects and interactive design related with social matters. It is a work-in-process that goes growing as far as the tours are made, dealing with social participation and great collaboration from wheelchair users. By the moment the project has been developed as from Media-lab Prado (Spain) at the Visualizar data base organization, and in Barcelona with help and funding from Obra Social La Caixa. It can all be seen at .

We propose the re-mapping of a city with the touristic tours thought for wheelchair user’s, offering them a new way of approaching and looking at the city. We work connecting and searching for data around the city and making routes over maps, to visualize the altitude in the different points along the touristic tour for people on wheelchairs.

The main objective of this project is to help with a new kind of tool for accessible tourism, mixing the practical and functional part of the project with the artistic side where we transform wheelchair users into real artists. They are the ones who carry the cameras on the wheelchair an on their head, transforming their whole moving body into video artists. With their participation we generate a web-based platform to visualize the problems and positive aspects with which they may deal while travelling. It all works through a Google-map api, and with gps technology with which we build a different conception of maps. This time one can see the altitude of the route along the whole trip and so analyse the problems found at a steep slope in the middle of the city with a wheelchair while making tourism.