Locative Maps: Agents of Control or Tools for Subversion?

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2021-06-15 19:00
19:00 UTC

What to make of locative maps today in the age of smartphones? They track our whereabouts and allow us to pin images, voices and stories back on country. Working off a spatial axis of latitude and longitude points, locative maps are key to discerning the world around us. But are they agents of control and surveillance, and symbols of (seemingly real) ownership and power; or are they tools for subversion and disruption, with the capacity to re-colonise places and spaces with new narratives and unsung memories?

Join leading locative-media scholar Jason Farman in conversation with Soundtrails founder, Hamish Sewell as they seek to peel back these issues at the core of our increasingly augmented lives. For all of you artists, cultural geographers, and disruptors who recognise the power of locative media, this one’s for you. 

Jason Farman

Jason Farman is a Professor and Director of the Design Cultures & Creativity Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also a faculty member with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and a Faculty Associate with Harvard University’s Be...

Hamish Sewell

Hamish Sewell

SWS Advisory Board 2020 SWS Advisory Board 2021 SWS Grand Jury 2022 SWS23 shortlisted

Hamish Sewell is the founder and primary audio producer with the geo locative platform Soundtrails. He has an extensive background in documentary radio and oral history and his works have won him international recognition and awards. For the last six y...

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Soundtrails is a leading locative platform based in Australia. We work on commission with local councils, national parks, Aboriginal communities and arts groups, as well as leading producers who know how to create an immersive sound experience. We see our work as timeless and grounded in real people and real places. Soundtrails will soon be starting overseas and we believe our up-and-coming version two Soundtrails platform will be one of the most integrated systems in the world. Soundtrails is all about compelling locative audio experiences and building a sustainable future for producers and artists. Check us out on Soundtrails.com.au or shoot us a line.


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