Users or Readers? Mobility and Multimedia in the Archives of the Future

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Abstract

As in other disciplines, digital technologies are rapidly changing the way urban history is constructed. Data visualisation, proximity beacons, virtual and augmented reality, 3-d and now even 4-d visualisations, are challenging conventional representations of historical narratives. More than any other factor, the ubiquitous smartphone has taken the physical space of the city and opened it up to multiple, layered interpretations—a peripatetic archive that is simultaneously materially and digitally searchable. Starting from the premise that the full effects and potentials of the mobile, digital archive are only just beginning to emerge, this paper considers how new media technologies are challenging the way urban histories are authored and represented. Through analysis of a digital urban historiographic project for the Australian city of Perth, this paper considers how emerging forms of text production, new media technologies, and practices of creation are structuring knowledges and methodologies. The paper questions how authorship is divested in such projects through the hidden syntax of coding languages and whether these might presuppose a nascent digital “techno-ideology.” Perhaps most importantly, it problematises the role of the architectural and urban historian in a world of heterogeneous authorship through multiple modes of representation, while traditional readers have become users, viewers, and collaborators.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event14th International Conference on Urban History, European Association of Urban History: Urban Renewal and Resilience - Rome, Italy
Duration: 31 Aug 2018 → …

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Urban History, European Association of Urban History
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period31/08/18 → …

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    Sawyer, M., & Martin, D. J. (2018). Users or Readers? Mobility and Multimedia in the Archives of the Future. Paper presented at 14th International Conference on Urban History, European Association of Urban History, Rome, Italy.