I can’t believe I haven’t noticed headmap on my travels before. They do cool things there. Manifesto/blurb:
headmap: the space, the social network, thinking tools and the network interface in the same field of view. The boundaries between what is interior and what is exterior intersecting tangibly in front of your eyes.
…there are notes in boxes that are empty
every room has an accessible history
every place has emotional attachments you can open and save
you can search for sadness in new york
people within a mile of each other who have never met stop what they are doing and organise spontaneously to help with some task or other.
in a strange town you knock on the door of someone you don’t know and they give you sandwiches.
paths compete to offer themselves to you
life flows into inanimate objects
the trees hum advertising jingles
everything in the world, animate and inanimate, abstract and concrete, has thoughts attached
headspace is not (just) poetics though. The main attraction is a 200-odd page booklet available from the headmap site in pdf: “The headmap manifesto is a sequence of text fragments dealing with the social and cultural implications of location aware devices. Headmap argues a move from the inside view that developed after the failure of the space programme, the closure of the frontiers, the rise of television, early computing, interiorised simulation and drug culture…towards an outside view – a recolonisation of the real world, computers becoming invisible, mobile, networked and location aware, the real world augmented rather than simulated.” This is not empty techno-lust, rather it persuades with a new logic built around deep connections between creativity, technology, and social responsibility, drawing on critical theory, spatial theory and aesthetics.[erm, & geek stuff I don’t understand].