The convergence of mobile technologies and ubiquitous computing is creating a world where information-rich environments may be mapped directly onto urban topologies. This book tracks the history and genesis of locative and wearable media and the ground-breaking work of pioneer artists in the field. It examines changing concepts of space and place for a wide range of traditional disciplines ranging from Anthropology, Sociology, Fine Art and Architecture to Cultural and Media Studies, Fashion and Graphic design. Mobile and Pervasive media are beginning to proliferate in the landscape of computer mediated interaction in public space through the emergence of smartphone technologies such as the iPhone, cloud computing extended wifi services and the semantic web in cities. These dispersed forms of interaction raise a whole series of questions on the nature of narrative and communication, particularly in relation to an audience’s new modes of mobile participation and reception. These issues are explored through a series of focused essays by leading theorists, seminal case studies and practitioner interviews with artists at the cutting edge of these technologies, who are extending the potential of the medium to enhance and critique technological culture. By emphasizing the role of the audience in this nomadic environment, the collection traces the history and development of ‘ambulant’ artistic practice in this new domain, creating an essential handbook for those wishing to understand the dominant global technology of the 21st Century and its implications for Art, Culture and Audience.
Table of Contents
Howard Rheingold: Introduction Martin Rieser: Overview Section 1: Towards Hybridity. A History of Audience Mobility Erkki Huhtamo: Pockets of Plenty: An Archaeology of Mobile MediaSusanne Jaschko: The Temporal and Spatial Design of Video and Film-based Installation Art in the 60s and 70s: Their Inherent Perception Processes and Effects on the Perceivers’ ActionsMartin Rieser: Forgotten Histories of Interactive SpaceAdriana de Souza e Silva: Art by Telephone: From Static to Mobile InterfacesSection 2: Critical Issues in Mobile ArtCritical Contexts and Definitions Mary Griffiths and Sean Cubitt: Mobile/Audience: Thinking the ContradictionsJon Dovey and Constance Fleuriot: Towards a Language of Mobile MediaBeryl Graham: Snapshots from Curating MobilityUnderstanding Public Spatialisation Martin Rieser: Beyond Mapping: New Strategies for Meaning in Locative ArtworksAnke Jacob: Digital Media and ArchitectureAn ObservationMirjam Struppek: Urban Screens as the Visualization Zone of the City’s Invisible Communication SphereThe Creative User Debbi Lander: Future Physical: The Creative User and theme of response-ABILITYAndrea Zapp: ‘A Fracture in Reality’: Networked Narratives as Imaginary Fields of Action and DislocationSection 3: Case StudiesLocative Art Josephine Reid and Richard Hull: What Makes Mediascapes Compelling?Valentina Nisi, Glorianna Davenport/Valentina Nisi, Mads Haahr and Glorianna Davenport: Hopstory/Media Tales of the LibertiesDrew Hemment, John Evans, Mika Raento and Theo Humphries: Loca: ‘Location Oriented Critical Arts’Usman Haque: Invisible TopographiesJonah Brucker-Cohen: Wifi-Hog: The Battle for Ownership in Public Wireless SpaceThe Creative User: The User as Co-creator Paul Sermon: Puppeteers, Performers or Avatars: A Perceptual Difference in Telematic SpaceChrista Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau: Mobile Feelings: Wireless Communication of Heartbeat and Breath for Mobile ArtVictoria Fang: The Living RoomArianna Bassoli: tunA and the Power of ProximityMargot Jacobs: Engagement with the EverydayCati Vaucelle: Between Improvisation and Publication: Supporting the Creative Metamorphosis with TechnologyAnthony Rowe: Developing Creative Audience Interaction: Four Projects by SquidsoupWearable Computing Lisa Stead, Petar Goulev, Caroline Evans and Ebrahim Mamdani: The Emotional WardrobeKatherine Moriwaki: Social Fashioning and Active ConduitsLaura Beloff: Wunderkammer: Wearables as an Artistic StrategySection 4: Artist InterviewsLocative Fiona Raby: Flirt and MsetTeri Rueb: Trace, The Choreography of Everyday Movement and DriftMatt Adams: Blast TheorySteve Benford: Mixed Reality LabDrew Hemment: The Politics of MobilityWearables Joey Berzowska: Memory-Rich Garments and Social InteractionAnnie Lovejoy: Heart on Your SleeveContributor BiographiesGlossarySelected Bibliography