Augusta App

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The Augustas

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Finding Augusta

Finding Augusta: Habits of Mobility, Finding, and Governance in the Digital Era (Dartmouth College Press/Interfaces Series, March 2014) is interested in routine practices that define the mobile present. When digital technologies set places, persons, things, and information in constant motion, habits of locatability and navigation assume decisive social and political importance. While most discussions of mobile media treat them as tracking devices, freedom machines, or both, Finding Augusta argues that we should attend to the everyday habits of finding places, persons, and information that mobile media encourage and discourage. "Augusta App", the book's digital supplement, serves as a kind of laboratory for exploring the book's argument. It elaborates the two-fold figure of the traveling salesman:

  1. Scott Nixon, the historical figure, whose Augustas provide content and thematic for the application; and
  2. the Traveling Salesman problem [TSP], the computational model that informs the technical processes that make the application functional.

Read in tandem, the Traveling Salesman Problem and Nixon's The Augustas invite us to consider both the pervasiveness and the inherent instability involved in the routine work of finding and tracking. Ultimately, the project hopes to point in directions of possibility for living in-relation to each other, our mobile technologies, and the broader contexts of one or several populations.

It has just been announced here and here that Nixon's film has been placed on the Library of Congress's National Film Registry.

Acknowledgements and Funding

"Augusta App" is supported by a University of South Carolina Provost's Award for AY 2012-2013.

Design Team

Dr. Heidi Rae Cooley, Media Arts/Film and Media Studies, USC
Jeremy Greenberger, Programmer, Computer Science and Engineering, USC
Professor Simon Tarr, Media Arts, USC
Dr. Duncan Buell, Computer Science and Engineering, USC

Disclaimer

This website is only a beginning and should not be taken as a definitive document.

Updates and changes will be occurring on a regular basis.

Contact

Heidi Rae Cooley, Media Arts/Film and Media Studies, USC

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