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1 Pleasures of distraction Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt and Connie Svabo Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies (MOSPUS) Research Unit & Centre for Experience Research (COF) Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change (ENSPAC) Roskilde University (RUC) Draft paper for 4 th Nordic Geographers Meeting, Roskilde University, ANT and tourism practices track

2 Experiences of pleasure Mediation Multiplicity Distraction Focus on the geographying agency of materialities, most notably how the mobile phone camera mediates a city, but also makes the point that a materiality does not geography in any singular way; it works in multiplicities; it crafts multiple realities. And in the intersections between them, distraction is found.

3 Mediation To associate; to communicate between two parties Inspired by Serres and Latour: simultaneous establishing of a connection and the distortion which takes place in the connection Materials, technologies, objects mediate tourist experiences

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8 Multiplicity The state of being multiplex or manifold Inspired by Serres, Latour, Mol & Law: there is not one singular order, but multiple emergent orders. (It is a goal for research to account for the multiplicity of the world) Tourists engage with sites in multiple ways Materials, technologies, objects mediate places in multiple ways

9 Distraction Distraction as the intersection between multiple spaces and times Emerges from the tensions between multiple orders of reality (absent – present) Inspired by Hetherington (Capitalisms Eye), Benjamin (Passagen-Werk) Modernist form of experience – Erlebnis – the pleasure of glancing at the world in distraction; acting through intersections of distance and proximity

10 Conclusion Inspired from the combination of ANT and Walter Benjamin to explore the flickering geographies/worlds of experience (Erlebnis); the pleasure of letting things happen mediation – multiplicity – distraction argument Based in the strong narrative from ethnographical (also auto/semibiographical) and material/technological/virtual insight Applicable to other examples; your own experiences ???


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