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Pleasures of distraction. Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt and Connie Svabo Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies (MOSPUS) Research Unit & Centre for Experience Research (COF) Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change (ENSPAC ) Roskilde University (RUC )

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pleasures of distraction

Pleasures of distraction

Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt and Connie Svabo

Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies (MOSPUS) Research Unit

& Centre for Experience Research (COF)

Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change (ENSPAC)

Roskilde University (RUC)

Draft paper for 4th Nordic Geographers’ Meeting, Roskilde University, 24-27.05.2011

ANT and tourism practices track

experiences of pleasure
Experiences of pleasure
  • Mediation
  • Multiplicity
  • Distraction
  • Focus on ‘the geographying agency’ of materialities, most notably how the mobile phone camera mediates a city, but also makes the point that a materiality does not ‘geography’ in any singular way; it works in multiplicities; it crafts multiple realities. And in the intersections between them, distraction is found.
mediation
Mediation
  • To associate; to communicatebetweentwo parties
  • Inspired by Serres and Latour: simultaneousestablishing of a connection and the distortionwhichtakesplace in the connection
  • Materials, technologies, objectsmediatetouristexperiences
multiplicity
Multiplicity
  • The state of beingmultiplexor manifold
  • Inspired by Serres, Latour, Mol & Law: there is not onesingularorder, but multiple emergentorders. (It is a goal for research to account for the multiplicity of the world)
  • Touristsengagewith sites in multiple ways
  • Materials, technologies, objectsmediateplaces in multiple ways
distraction
Distraction
  • Distraction as the intersectionbetween multiple spaces and times
  • Emerges from the tensions between multiple orders of reality (absent – present)
  • Inspired by Hetherington(Capitalism’sEye), Benjamin (Passagen-Werk)
  • Modernist form of experience – Erlebnis – the pleasure of glancing at the world in distraction; actingthroughintersections of distance and proximity
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Inspired from the combination of ANT and Walter Benjamin to explore the flickering ’geographies’/worlds of experience (Erlebnis); the pleasure of letting things happen
  • mediation – multiplicity – distraction argument
  • Based in the strong narrative from ethnographical (also auto/semibiographical) and ’material/technological/virtual’ insight
  • Applicable to other examples; your own experiences ???