Practicing place with locative mobile technology
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Citation:Buxton, M. (2015) Practicing place with locative mobile technology, Whanake: The Pacific Journal of Community Development, 1(1), 29-38. Unitec Institute of Technology. Unitec ePress. Retrieved from: http://www.unitec.ac.nz/epress
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/3078
Places are gathering points for a diverse range of realities: physical, spiritual, cultural, and digital. In the twenty-first century, the boundaries between these ways of knowing and being in the world are increasingly blurred. In this environment, rather than making places, one practises place. This article describes a place practice that brings together ubiquitous technologies, indigenous and speculative ontologies, and integral research methodologies. It presents three case studies focussed around three spiritually significant sites in South Auckland, New Zealand: a cemetery, a marae and a park. Locative mobile technologies augment physical spaces with digital content and can act as mediators between the self, the physical world, digital worlds and other worlds beyond. Technology is not usually associated with spirit. However, in these case studies, technology paradoxically plays a role in supporting the spirit of these places. This work raises legal, moral, cultural, and political issues in the use of mobile technologies in indigenous and/or sensitive contexts. It also presents opportunities for how mobile technologies can shift perceptions of self and place, make institutional knowledge more accessible, and build connections in the spaces where cultures, histories, peoples and realities meet. In these ways, when embedded within a principled practice, these technologies can support the spirit of place
Keywords:augmented reality (AR), mobile technology, indigenous ontologies, South Auckland, New Zealand, cemetaries, parks, location based services, Papakura, New Zealand, Papakura Marae, Te Kōiwi Park (Papakura)
ANZSRC Field of Research:080502 Mobile Technologies, 200207 Māori Cultural Studies
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