Timespace, what else

March 6, 2009

I have been running with some students an experiment of hybrid narratives.

We have been writing personal narratives and collaborating in the non-determined manner, presumably we have simulated something swarm-like.

Now we are in the phase of collecting data and looking ideas for analysing what we experienced. There are many ways. Today i came to one of my old blog posting about time-space, which seems to visualize what i always imagine as the activity and meaning paths within one ecology.

Here is the idea of personal time-space from a paper.


I think what is possible to do on the basis of our dataset is to show something similar. I am still thinking how to put on one figure places, experienced entities and their transformations.

Let’s imagine places are real locative spots from where i collected content.
In the next layer (Brightkite) this content did a permutation. In the more next layer (in Flickr) it changed one more time. And in Blog as well.

Instead of time, i could use the quantity of impressions or objects from this spot.

And i think i also need something for distinguishing my favourite categories of objects, either by meaning, activity, narrative or so.

For example my favourites may be trees, birds, shadows. Or some particular tags that i use distinguish my categories.

It is still not clear how i will visualise it…
My data are currently in excel format.

If i could map more than one person into this space, i could see something similar to ant-road in our little narrative ecology swarm.



  1. The vibration of timespace thought has been resonating within my subconscience for most of my life, however, recently the discription has been becoming conscouse (damn spelling) and I have also. I am interested in your illistration, but I can’t read it well on this page. How do you see perception of reality as a variable in your thesis?

    J K Sommers

  2. The figure is from the paper what i found.

    However my own ideas are related with the spatial navigation.

    Spatial navigation is not only navigation in geographical or virtual space, but in conceptual space.

    Conceptual space has many dimensions. For example each tag can be conceptualized as one dimension of the conceptual space. Or each idea could be.

    So while you interact with the world you take perspectives of the wold and these perspectives contain some dimensions and exclude some other dimensions. Thus, you position yourself in the conceptual space.

    The geographical coordinates represent only few dimensions of that conceptual space. Some other dimensions you may relate with emotions (lets say fear, love) and yet the other dimensions may be related with people or tools or artifacts or objects that you activate that moment of action.And action taken could be one dimension.

    Now each moment of positioning yourself in real space and doing something allows you to represent this moment internally or externally (eg. write about it, illustrate that moment, tag it).

    Timespace might be the time view of spatial navigation in conceptual space. Basically you can take several representations after every one week or month and see how your space coordinates have accumulated.

    Between these spatial positions you will have trajectory how you interacted within the space.

    For me our spatial navigation is kind of storytelling ourselves into the world, or eco-cognitive interaction with the world. Each position that we take is an idea prototype in our story and we come back to these prototypes and to one certain position and dimension and elaborate the related dimensions repeatedly. So our life is fluctuation around certain spacial areas in conceptual space. Timespace might show us the development of such ideas.

    Certainly, if you dded geographical coordinates and did very close snapshots, maybe after every half an hour during certain period you would get image of certain repeated posititions, and the trajectories as paths that connect such positions in space.

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