Play Think #1: GPS Instrument Links

From the first event the following comments were made with links:


Attached is my suggested reading following on from yesterday’s Play Think: Italo_Calvino_Trading_Cities. Textile related – of course – but also feels like it captures what we were mapping yesterday. Before you delete – it is less than 200 words!!

Thinking about the storytelling/narrative that was needed to reveal the routes we mapped yesterday, I suggest that our next ‘tool’ is a visit to a recording studio or some sort of audio equipment. For what purpose, I’m not yet sure….


A link to Jonnny Cash Walking the line for the dangerous inmates of St Quentin Prison. I guess it ties into ideas of freedom, surveillance and the relationship of ‘play’ through music and of course a great tune to walk the lines of yesterday.

I’ve attached a chapter from Malcolm Mccullough (1998) Abstracting Craft:The Practiced Digital Hand.  Chapter discusses tools and tool use.
Thought it relevant to how the digital device, though abstract, is still a tool.  Also find it curious not only how we use tools, but how tools use us…ANT theory and all.


Although I think that in some ways it’s a profoundly rotten film, Tom Ford’s A Single Man interested me due to its conceit of traversing your daily activities, routines and spaces with unusual self-consciousness (in the film, because of the certain knowledge that it’s the very last time one will ever do so) with emotional and sensorial experiences of the familiar changing as a result:

The film’s take on bereavement, the main impact of which seems to be that it creates some much-needed space in the bedroom wardrobe for your extensive collection of beautifully hand-stitched dress shirts, seems to me less convincing. I’m trying to decide whether this means (a) I’ve spent years going out with the wrong people, or (b) I’ve been buying clothes in the wrong shops. None of this is to discount the possibility that (a) and (b) could in fact be inter-related.


Tim Ingold’s book: “Lines: a brief history” offers some insight into the thread, line, and linearity.

I couldn’t find specific texts from the book, but this slightly earlier PDF of a lecture at Edinburgh obviously foregrounds the book and its contents: TRANSFORMATIONS OF THE LINE: TRACES, THREADS AND SURFACES

I’m particularly interested in the serial flow of words, movements and marks that constitute lines. And in particular how these lines may or may not be perceived as linear, depending upon their cultural interpretation.

03. September 2011 by v1cspeed
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