Locative Media

Authored by: Jason Farman

The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415667715
eBook ISBN: 9781315857572
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934134


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For several years now, I have been using locative media to “check in” to locations I visit. When I arrive to a location, I will turn on my phone, load the Foursquare app, click the “Check In” button, wait until the phone returns a list of possible locations that are near my GPS coordinates, and check in. For my own purposes, I find this practice to be a useful tool for journaling. Returning to the locations I checked in to over the past year unveils the intimate connection between space and practice, between the place and the meaning of the place, and between a location and the embodied production of that location.

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