“Data and Site: Visualizing Indexicality” lecture @ Florida State


I am giving a lecture on my research tomorrow at a Florida State Department of Geography colloquium. I’ll be addressing artistic and cultural works that make use of data visualization and various forms of mapping to critique or engage issues surrounding data privacy, militarism, and surveillance. I will be giving a preview of a new web-based project involving mapping and cats. I will also talk about Representing Place, the collaborative graduate seminar I co-taught with Prof. Phil Steinberg in Geography.

“Data and Site: Visualizing Indexicality”
Owen Mundy, Assistant Professor in Art
Friday April 18, 3:30-4:30pm
DeVoe Moore Conference Center, Bellamy 150-E.

Lost in place: iPhone screenshots of grid system



Two screenshots from my phone depicting the grid underneath the Google Map graphics which are tiled to create the map interface. Clearly, the “virtual GPS” technology on my first-generation iPhone has often been helpful in finding my way. But what happens when it fails and you are literally lost in space? The social landscape, politics, climate, language(s), culture are what we analyze to understand “where” we are. Without these points of reference how can we create an idea of place? In this case, the simple query, “Tallahassee,” can be enough for any individual slightly immersed in Southern culture to create a perception of this place.

Space Relations: Joelle Dietrick, Owen Mundy, and Chad Erpelding


Space Relations
Joelle Dietrick, Owen Mundy, and Chad Erpelding
621 Gallery
February 5 – 26, 2010
OPENING: First Friday, February 5, 2010, 6-9p

621 Gallery is pleased to present Space Relations, an exhibition of new work by Joelle Dietrick, Owen Mundy, and Chad Erpelding, on view from February 5 through 26, 2010. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 5th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Space Relations presents an exhibition exploring new ways to think about space. The exhibition playfully recognizes how our experiences warp our understanding of place, especially during tough economic times when often power positions are reordered and people are displaced.