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Contemporary GPS technology would seem to revive a set of late 19th and early 20th century concerns which are related to questions of time, space and abstraction. These concerns are proto-modernist and are perhaps best understood with reference to the status of objectivity and subjectivity in the measurement of experience. As such, global positioning technology presents a novel platform for questioning the biases and assumptions inherent in our common sense understanding of spatiotemporal phenomena. Furthermore, when seen as a mass-produced object of utility a GPS device has ideological connotations. In this sense it politicises space and time.
This website documents a series of GPS related ideas, experiments and paper abstracts that were developed over the course of 2004 and 2005.