Rasmus Hamann Hybrid Space

Hybrid space is a move away from the boundaries of a platform, a computer a cell-phone. You will always leave digital footprints when you move around in the world. Husman Haque writes in the article Invisible Topographies:

"Mobile communication has relied equally on scientific and cultural evolution and has prompted a distinct shift in the way we relate to space and the way we relate to each other. Apart from issues arising out of being in contact virtually anywhere, anytime, the mobile technologies through which we conduct our daily lives and businesses have made us far more aware of the electromagnetic environment that envelops us." (Husman Haque)

I think there is a connection between Husmans thoughts about mobile networks and communication and Google's Street view application. The fact that you can get caught on camera while moving around in the real world, finding yourself on the internet afterwards, is making us more aware of the digital space surrounding us.
On this picture from Street View my friend Jeppe is caught on camera parking his bike and going to work.

My argument is that this is a hybrid space, as Adrianna de Souza e Silva argues in her article From Cyber to Hybrid, a hybrid space is a conceptual space created by the merging of borders between the digital and physical spaces.


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This picture is also an example of the digital footprints you leave, when you move around in the real world. As Jacob S. Thomsen writes in his article Hybrid Space – Internettet flytter hjemmefra, you can’t hide from your surroundings; even with your cellphone and laptop turned off you leave digital footprints for other people to follow. Thomsens example is surveillance cameras, which can easily be transferred to my example, Google’s camera-truck that caught my friend on camera.

People maintain social relationships and connections that go beyond the physical boundaries of those specific places, transforming places in permeable localities.” (Adrianna de Souza e Silva)

The picture also proves this point and constitutes that the person on the picture exists in hybrid space. He goes beyond the physical boundaries of the specific street, and becomes a part of the online digital world, without ever taking any action.
This will, according to Adrianna de Souza e Silva have a major impact on how cities define themselves:

Cities have become processes and networks rather than self-contained places, because the space of flows is not an immaterial fluid information space disconnected from physical spaces, but is rather embedded in urban structures […] Therefore, the interaction between new information technology and current processes of social change does have a substantial impact on cities and space” (Adrianna de Souza e Silva)

Thomsen brings some thoughts about the future:
Hybrid Space expands time and space. Our sociality doesn’t stop when we physically depart, on the contrary the social networks enhance our social sphere. We can talk about a Virtual Touch which means that the social and virtual melt together, so that we constantly exists in a mix between online and offline.

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