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Urbanity and Mobile Media Working Group PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rachel Beth Egenhoefer   
Jan 26, 2006 at 09:14 PM

Digital technology and communication media have brought about new perceptions and social interactions in the urban environment, transforming the ways we experience our cities. The concepts of space, time, and social relationship in the urban environment are put in flux via emerging technologies such as wireless networks, locative media and mobile computing. There is growing interest among communities of artists and designers, viewing the city as fluid interface, geographical canvas, social playground, and as public space. Using mobile phones, laptops, surveillance cameras and even radio, these artists and designers are exploring various hybrid spaces, between place and media technologies, the physical and the virtual, the social and the personal, the past and the present, and so on.

On the cross-platforms of art/design, technology, and social sciences, submissions are sought to deal with the issues of participation, play, process, and engagement upon the theme of urbanity and locative media. The papers and projects may reflect on, but are not limited to, the following critical issues and ideas:

    •     What are the creative roles and alternative visions that locative media bring to the urban environment?
    •     How can artistic intervention and tactical approaches transform the ways we experience the city?
    •     How are the past, present and future of the city envisioned and experienced through locative media?
    •     How does digital technology open new ways to engage people in the public domain?
    •     How can diverse aspects of the city -- whether cultural, historical, or social -- be reflected and engaged via locative media?
    •     How can the artist’s vision and sensibility contribute to new visions on urbanity?


Supplemental Working Group Material (click to download PDF):
Mobile Asia  

Working Group Members:
Suhjung Hur, Co-Chair,
Curator, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea
Bo-Seon Shim, Co-Chair, Head of Academic Office, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea
Soh Yeong Roh, Co-Chair, Director, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea
Julian Bleecker, Research Fellow, Annenberg Center for Communication, Assistant Professor, Interactive Media Division, University of Southern California Venice, California, USA
Adrian David Cheok, Director, Interaction and Entertainment Research Center, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Drew Hemment, Research Fellow & Director of Future Everything, Creative Technologies University of Salford, Manchester, UK
Jeffrey Huang, Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Anthony Townsend, Research Director, Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, California, USA 
Marc Tuters, Research Fellow, Annenberg Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA


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