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Traces, tiles and fleeting moments
Art and the temporalities of geomedia

This chapter looks at the ways in which artists working with geomedia technologies have exposed and exploited the complex temporalities of digital mapping. In doing so, the chapter first deals with traces of movement in locative media art practices of the early to mid-2000s. It then addresses the appropriation of remote sensing imagery and Street View imagery by artists. The aim is to challenge the idea that geomedia's only temporal effects are ones of timelessness. Crucial to this challenge is the separation of two, often conflated, versions of timelessness that are frequently ascribed to cartography and new media. The chapter further argues that the stress on atemporality in studies of the aesthetics and cultural impact of geomedia, and the conflation of the cartographic and technological/cultural versions of timelessness in particular, have been too prone to reading a surfeit of temporal markers as a collapse of temporality.

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