Videogames, visuality and screens: reconstructing the Amazon in physical geographical knowledge

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Abstract:

In this article we attend to an emergent practice of visualising GIS data in physical geography using the graphics engine of a videogame, Crysis. We suggest these modes of image-making aid the possibility of imagining and disseminating complex geographical data differently by re-contextualising seemingly abstract mathematical information within a human horizon of embodied meaning. Furthermore we argue these ways of imagining are closely linked to the technology and phenomenology of screens which make the presentation of these images possible. We close by reflecting on the possibility that these technologies are shifting the grounds of vision and the geographical imagination of users.

Keywords: dissemination of geographical knowledge; existential spatiality; scale; screens; videogames; visuality

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.2009.00889.x

Affiliations: School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1SS, Email: jl.romanillos@bristol.ac.uk

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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