Notes On: The Poetics of Augmented Space

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“augmented space is the physical space overlaid with dynamically changing information. This information is likely to be in multimedia form and it is often localized for each user.”


” augmentation as an idea and cultural and aesthetic practice rather than as technology”


“If we consider the effect of these three technological applications (surveillance, cellspace, electronic displays) on our concept of space and, consequently, on our lives as far as they are lived in various spaces, I believe that they very much belong together. They make physical space into a dataspace: extracting data from it (surveillance) or augmenting it with data (cellspace, computer displays).”


“augmented space is also monitored space.”


“Thus we can say that various augmentation and monitoring technologies add new dimensions to a 3D physical space, making it multi-dimensional. As a result, the physical space now contains many more dimensions than before, and while from the phenomenological perspective of the human subject, the “old” geometric dimensions may still have the priority, from the perspective of technology and its social, political, and economic uses, they are no longer more important than any other dimension.”


“Instead of the binary logic of visible/invisible, the new spatial logic can be described using such terms as functions or fields, since from the point of view of these new technologies, every point in space has a particular value on a possible continuum.”


“we are gradually moving into the next paradigm, one in which computing and telecommunication capacities are delivered to a mobile user.16 Thus, augmenting the human also comes to mean augmenting the whole space in which she lives, or through which she passes.”


“the layering of dynamic and contextual data over physical space is a particular case of a general aesthetic paradigm: how to combine different spaces together. Of course, electronically augmented space is unique – since the information is personalized for every user, it can change dynamically over time, and it is delivered through an interactive multimedia interface, etc. Yet it is crucial to see this as a conceptual rather than just a technological issue – and therefore a ssomething that in part has already – been a part of other architectural and artistic paradigms.”


“here the virtual becomes a powerful force that re-shapes the physical”