Geography of (cyber )space and non-place

Author: Arantxa Serantes (*)

It all started with geopositioning , with the need to locate ourselves, to find ourselves or to locate other entities through a search system within physical space, mediated by location software or GPS. A method of observation and analysis mapped and distributed that traces a route as a physical and cultural expression, in the midst of human works and the landscape itself.

The continuous concern for the significance of the environment in which we live has led to the development of a cultural geography to cover this space (tourism, transport, distribution, business, etc. ) need to see themselves represented by this medium to channel and guide that influx of public, improve efficiency, since the perceived environment does not always correspond to the expected social and physical environment, since the trajectories can be especially complex, in terms of movements on the map and in human behavior, much simpler than it appears to be, visually speaking.

Spatial behavior is affected by an invisible zoning in order to associate it with human movement so that it is natural and associated with real distance and orientation, taking into account the changes that the landscape may be associated with. This experience is narrated by Levrero (2000) in his novel La ciudad :

“No estaba seguro de la ubicación del almacén; luego me di cuenta de que más bien no tenía menor idea del lugar donde podría encontrarse. Había ido una sola vez, hacía años y en compañía de otra persona sin necesidad de prestarle especial atención al recorrido para fijarlo en la memoria (…)

Había pocas casas y no parecían estar habitables. Paredes descascaradas e incluso semiderruidas; jardines invadidos por altos pastos y plantas silvestres y una desoladora ausencia de signos de vida humana” (p.19).

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