18 March 2006 · About 1 minute read

Social Spaces & Perspective

Toupix Photos

Some social applications, such as Checkmates (previous post), are built with the perspective of an overarching, or top-down (social) mapping. A chat with Chris Speed this week introduced me to the idea of reversing this perspective, such that it becomes the multiple observations of those at the happening. This, it was realised, is the event that Toupix (my final project) revolves around.

Toupix allows users to snap photographs of an event (space) on their mobile phone. When they take the photograph, Toupix checks for other users nearby, and tags that photograph with their details (peopletags?). The photos are then uploaded to the Toupix website, and can be browsed by everyone who was ‘at’ that event, or photograph. This allows for the realisation of the innumerable interconnected (yet perhaps unseen) social networks in which we coexist.

On perspective, though, Toupix shifts the observation away from a surveillant to a multitude of sousveillant perspectives. One event can be observed in any number of different ways, yet these perspectives are lost when we observe the event as a whole.

By breaking down the observation into a collection of participant perspectives, the event can be realised more as the construction of socio-spatial interactions that it is, rather than perhaps an adaption of (purely) spatial history that is adopted as the real.