A Digital Assemblage: Diagramming the Social Realities of the Stikine River Watershed

Candis Callison

Candis Callison

This study examines the landscape of the Stikine River Watershed through varied perspectives and heterogeneous data sets following a mode of inquiry that uses landscape as a condition for relating factors of knowledge, discourse, and power. Working with the premise that each piece of data represents a fragment of information, the digital assemblage was conceived, built, and examined as a possible solution for reflecting the underlying rhizomatic structure of social realities. At the heart of this study and experimentation is a question of how to represent the complexity of social realities through the limitations and capacities of various forms of media and digital space.

This thesis is comprised of two parts: a written analysis, and a built prototype of the digital assemblage on CD ROM. The written analysis provides a kind of designer’s manual for understanding the ways in which theory, history, and practice interact to create a conceptual foundation for the built digital assemblage. The built assemblage experiments with diagramming and representing geographic topography, social and capital institutions governing land use, aspects of cultural history, economic and community land and resource developments, areas of conflict therein, and the resulting social conceptions about the geographic space of the Stikine Watershed.

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