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More than modal? Exploring affect, affordance, invitation and solicitation.

Eve, S. and Gillings, M., 2023. More than modal? Exploring affect, affordance, invitation and solicitation. In: Betts, E. and Landeschi, G., eds. Capturing the senses: digital methods for sensory archaeologies. Cham: Springer, 9-36.

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The aim of this chapter is to make a strong case for the adoption of a radically different approach to the archaeology of the senses. This is an approach that focuses not on what is sensed per se (or any ingenious mapping or digital representation of such) but instead the emergent affects that may have arisen in any given sensory encounter, and the impact(s) of such on the assemblage of individuals, things, animals, environments, landscape elements, memories, expectations and anticipations (to name but a few) that were bound up within it. This is not to say that we should abandon attempts to, for example, delineate, visualise, map and analyse what could be seen, heard or smelled. Instead, it is to stress that such efforts should always be treated as a means-to-an-end and never taken as definitive end-products. In the discussion that follows, we build the theoretical framework needed to effect such a re-orientation, drawing upon affect theory and notions of relational capacity and affordance. We then go on to demonstrate the value of this through a case study involving the mapping and exploration of visibility and foreground the unique (yet largely untapped) interpretative potential of virtual, mixed and augmented reality approaches to move beyond mere representation, to instead evoke affects directly.

Item Type:Book Section
ISBN:978-3-031-23132-2, 978-3-031-23133-9
Additional Information:Open Access. The research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the Living with Monuments project.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Affect; Affordance; Aura; GIS; Gaming; Augmented-reality
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:38244
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:19 Dec 2023 09:33
Last Modified:19 Dec 2023 15:04


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