Quantified Self-City-Nation

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Published on May 18, 2014

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Matt Wilson (Harvard)

Abstract: New devices and techniques have emerged to better quantify an individual’s movement, stasis, and even sleep, while a ‘smart city’ discourse and marketing apparatus applies these principles to analysis, representation, and management of the city. Indeed, as cities are increasingly rethought as organisms and human bodies are quantified as systems, the interactive opportunities and limitations for engagement, representation, and resistance are evermore significant. In this presentation, I draw parallels between the rising consumer-electronic sector associated with personal activity monitors and the rapid visioning of smart urbanism. More specifically, I interrogate these developments in quantification, namely: interoperability and propriety, competition and habit, fashion and surveillance. What are the social-cultural and political implications for this refiguring of spatial thought and action? What capacities are reinforced and developed through the implementation of these technologies and techniques? I address these concerns, through discussion of a continuum of technologies that serve to open and close multi-scalar systems of attention control.

Bio: Matthew W. Wilson is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University and Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky, where he co-directs the New Mappings Collaboratory. His scholarly activities are at the intersection of critical human geography and geographic information science, as part of an evolving research agenda in ‘critical GIS’. Matt holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Washington. http://matthew-w-wilson.com

Quantified Self-City-Nation Matthew W. Wilson, PhD Harvard University University of Kentucky matthew_wilson@harvard.edu @wilsonism 25 March 2014 The Programmable City

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@wilsonism 4 Quantified Self-City-Nation multi-scalar system of attentional control where the organization of a body becomes the mimetic resource for the organization of bodies

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@wilsonism 7 What might we learn about the social-cultural and political implications for this refiguring of spatial thought and action? What capacities are reinforced and developed through the implementation of these technologies and techniques?

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@wilsonism 9 Movement and stasis. Analysis and visualization. Decision making and behavioral change.

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“What the map cuts up, the story cuts across.” (de Certeau 1984: 129) @wilsonism 16

“What the map cuts up, the story cuts across.” (de Certeau 1984: 129) @wilsonism 17

“What the map cuts up, the story cuts across.” (de Certeau 1984: 129) @wilsonism 18

“What the map cuts up, the story cuts across.” (de Certeau 1984: 129) @wilsonism 19

“What the map cuts up, the story cuts across.” (de Certeau 1984: 129) @wilsonism 20 “After all, who is going to take issue with the True?” (Lefebvre 1991: 7)

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“That you cannot navigate a ship without charts, however, does not mean that you can navigate it by charts alone. Rudders and helmsmen are also necessary.” (Wright 1942: 544) @wilsonism 22

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Interoperability and propriety Competition and habit @wilsonism 24

Interoperability and propriety Competition and habit Fashion and surveillance @wilsonism 25

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@wilsonism 28 “New data and big data are changing all of this...” (Batty 2012: 193)

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@wilsonism 30 “We need to push our civic leaders to think more about long-term survival and less about short-term gain, more about cooperation than competition...” (Townsend 2013: 14)

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@wilsonism 35 “The city’s crowds wanted less market movement, more government regulation, fixity, and security. Physical movement in the city only sharpened their hunger pains.” (Sennett 1994: 275)

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@wilsonism 55 “… a hermeneutics of suspicion, a mode of argument which says that the strength of cartographical reason lies less in its ability to tell the truth and more in its power to convince.” (Olsson 2007: 10)

@wilsonism 56 “… a hermeneutics of suspicion, a mode of argument which says that the strength of cartographical reason lies less in its ability to tell the truth and more in its power to convinced?

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