Habits of Mobility and Governance in the Digital Era
Publication Year: 2014
Audacious in its originality, Finding Augusta will be of great interest to art and media scholars alike.
Published by: Dartmouth College Press
Title Page, About the Series, Other Works in the Series, Frontispiece, Copyright
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Many have encouraged and supported this project during its gestation
I thank the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences for a semester’s teaching leave, which afforded me time to find the book’s current shape, and its Provost’s Office, for a Humanities Grant that funded development of Augusta App, the...
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“Augusta” is a proper noun. It names a unique instance of a person, place, or some other entity. Capitalization indicates as much, although failure to capitalize would not necessarily invalidate its status as a proper noun. On occasion, this proper noun assumes the plural form, “Augustas,” in which case it refers to...
Introduction: Bodies, Mobilities, Technologies
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Finding Augusta: Habits of Mobility and Governance in the Digital Era is interested in routine practices that define the mobile present. When digital technologies set places, persons, things, and information in constant motion, habits of navigation assume decisive social and political importance. While most discussions of mobile media...
1 | Making Tracks: Augusta App Would Like to Use Your Location
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Quick Response (QR) codes, like the one here, address a need for increased data storage and take advantage of the fact that many of us have mobile networked devices ready at hand. Invented in Japan in 1994 for the purposes of tracking vehicles during automobile manufacturing, the QR code may carry...
2 | In Hand and On the Go: Design, Neuroscience, and Habits of Perception Handheld
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Eastman Kodak introduced the Cine-Kodak 16 mm movie camera in 1923, and the Cine-Kodak B two years later. Distinctive camera marks visible on the original filmstrip of The Augustas demonstrate that Scott Nixon shot the sequences of the Augusta Military Academy on a B model. Nixon also occasionally shot with the heavier, more...
3 | “Location, Location, Location”: Placing Persons, Accessing Information, and Expressing Self
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Contemporary image-sharing practices that make use of keyword tags provide an excellent opportunity to observe the interaction of conscious choices, nonconscious habits, and technological mediations that make persons, places, and things findable. Scott Nixon’s The Augustas reel allows us to contextualize these current trends in...
4 | Secured Mobilities: How to Think about Populations
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Governmentality and self-expression are not opposed but reciprocally confirming. As I have suggested, this relation looks different when we think of mobility, location, findability, and metadata, rather than the Panopticon’s architecture of surveillance, confession, and self-discipline. This chapter develops this account of governmentality...
Conclusion: An “Aesthetics of Existence,” or Habit-ing Differently
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In the previous chapters of this book, I describe how various mobilities come to comprise what Michel Foucault calls the milieu. I show how industrial design, in its crafting of mobile handheld devices, creates and normalizes a type of relation between hands and technologies that encourages a spontaneous rather than a deliberate...
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If in reaching a conclusion, one imagines having arrived at an end, “Augusta” demonstrates otherwise. In July 2012, the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections found a second Scott Nixon “Augusta” reel. While in keeping with the first, this second reel is less finished—most certainly a rough cut. As with...
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Publication Year: 2014