Sorry for any cross postings, SJ x Leonardo/ISAST <isast@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2007 11:55:01 -0800 From: Leonardo/ISAST <isast@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: leonardo-isast@xxxxxxx Subject: [Leonardo/ISAST Network] Locative Media Art discussion on YASMIN, December 2007 Dear Leonardo Colleagues, Leonardo/OLATS is pleased to announce: A moderated discussion on the subject of Locative Media Art will take place on the YASMIN discussion list from the 3rd of December 2007 onwards. Below is a text with more info on the particular discussion. We are very much looking forward to your participation and involvement. To join YASMIN visit: http://www.media.uoa.gr/yasmin/ Best wishes, Dimitris Charitos Lecturer, Department of Communication and Media Studies University of Athens Locative Media Art: towards new types of "hybrid" places for communicating meaning The convergence of new mobile telecommunication networks along with geographical positioning systems and interactive graphical interfaces on mobile devices, are beginning to extend the potential of media technologies for supporting communication among mobile individuals. The aforementioned technologies allow groups of people to interact with each other, while being aware of each other's location at all times. By introducing context awareness and by supporting multi-user communication, these ICT systems alter the patterns of information flow as well as the situation within which communication takes place, thus bringing to light new spatial structures where social interaction will occur and novel forms of cultural practices will emerge. Locative media are systems of technologically mediated interpersonal and group communication. Such mobile wireless technologies provide the opportunity to augment traditional urban environments with information and communication spatial experiences, which can be accessed through mobile or desktop devices. The main characteristics of locative media are mobility, locativeness and multi-user support. The characteristic of "locativeness", in particular, may refer to both users and content within a locative media group or activity. These characteristics above may influence interpersonal as well as intergroup relationships in the context of these new social constructions. Computer-mediated communication via the Internet has allowed physical meeting places to "immigrate" to a "virtual" spatial context, as in the case of MUDs or MOOs. The introduction of mobile location-based communication networks relates again the concept of a "meeting place" to the physical space of an urban environment. It re-introduces the parameter of geographical location in the activity of computer-mediated communication, thus mapping the "virtual" mental space where communication occurs to the physical space, inhabited by the material bodies of communicating participants. Thus, the virtual spatial context of such an activity is mapped onto the physical world and the resulting hybrid spatial context becomes the arena of this activity. Most importantly, such a communication system affords the possibility of face-to-face interaction and brings back the "compulsion of proximity" into computer-mediated communication. Locative media have already been used by many artists as media for creating activities, performances, dynamic works or "net-works" of a database or narrative structure and other complex types of artistic intervention. The discussion that will take place in the YASMIN forum will aim to investigate these novel artistic forms from a social and cultural perspective and will attempt to provide answers to a series of questions, some of which follow: ? "Where" is a locative media artwork? How does a spectator/visitor experience such an activity or system as a spatial context within which interaction occurs and symbolic content is communicated? ? Can the use of locative media by artists be considered as an "aestheticisation" of these high-end ICT systems' use and even as an "excuse" for the rapid expansion of surveillance technologies? ? Could we attempt a categorization of Locative Media artworks and related activities created so far? ? Does experimenting with these advanced forms of ICTs turn the focus of attention to the technological media per se and much less on the symbolic content communicated? ? How may these types of artworks or activities alter our understanding of the concepts of representation and narrative? ? How do locative media activities influence the dynamics of social interaction in real time and space? How can they affect our patterns of communication and our social behaviors in the long term? ? From a design perspective, how can we create locative media art and activities that are more intertwined with the fabric of our everyday life? The discussion will will take place in the YASMIN forum from Monday the 3rd of December onwards and will be moderated by Dimitris Charitos along with Prof. Martin Rieser and Dr. Yanna Vogiazou as respondents. Below are short CVs of this discussion's moderators: Dr. Dimitrios Charitos (vedesign@xxxxxxxxx) is a lecturer at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies of the University of Athens. He teaches "Human-Computer Communication", "Art & Technology", "Visual Communication", "Digital Communication Environments". He has studied Architectural Design (National Technical University of Athens, 1990) Computer Aided Design and has a PhD on Interactive Design and Virtual Environments (University of Strathclyde, 1998). He has taught at an undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1994 in Scotland and Greece (Department of Informatics, University of Athens and Dept of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens). He has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications in books, journals or conference proceedings. His artistic work involves electronic music, audiovisual, non-interactive or interactive, site-specific installations and virtual environments. Professor M. Rieser is a Media Artist and Theorist based in Bristol. Professor of Digital Creativity at De Montfort University. 2000-7 Professor of Digital Arts and Senior Teaching Fellow Bath Spa University, was Principal Lecturer in Digital Media at Napier University in Edinburgh at the Department of Photography, Film, and Television 1997-2000, and in post as Senior Lecturer in Electronic Media at UWE Bristol between 1986 ? 1998. He set up one of the first post-graduate courses in the country in Digital Art and Imaging at the City of London Polytechnic, now the London Guildhall University 1980-85. His teaching and practice centres on new types of interactive art which use non-linear narrative in new media through Locative, interactive installations, networked art projects and collaborations with architects. He has acted as consultant to bodies such as Cardiff Bay Arts Trust, NESTA, Arkive, AHRC the Photographers Gallery London. External Examiner at UIAH Helsinki, St Martins University of the Arts and Glamorgan University Professor of Digital Ats at Bath Spa University 2000-2007. He recently edited: New Screen Media: Cinema/Art/Narrative (BFI/ZKM, 2002)- which combined a DVD of current research and practice in this area together with critical essays . He was on AHRB research leave during 2004-5 creating a new locative work for Bath Abbey called Hosts 2006, which used mobile and positional technologies combined with interactive sound and video and has just authored a book on Locative Media Arts called The Mobile Audience shortly to be published by Rodopi Commisions and Residencies include: 2007 La Trobe University Melbourne, 2006 Invideo Milan, 1997 Watershed/Cambridge Darkroom, which involved constructing a self-curating web site and multimedia piece called Screening the Virus, based around publicly submitted artwork on HIV/Aids related themes. This was later short listed for a Wellcome Trust Sci-Art award. He also directed the Media Myth and Mania section of the joint Watershed/Artec exhibition and CD publication From Silver to Silicon. The latter piece was shown at many venues around the world including Milia in Cannes; Paris; ICA and the Photographer's Gallery, London and at ISEA Montreal. Other visual research projects included the direction of a collaboration involving five other artists (collectively known as Ship of Fools) using the subject of mythologies to explore the full range of narrative and visual interfaces in interactive media in a piece called Labyrinth 1996. This work involved drama, digital image, virtual environments, and interactive video at F-Stop Gallery in Bath and as part of the Cheltenham Literary Festival. It has been previewed at a number of venues including the Oberhausen Short Film festival in Germany and at ISEA in Montreal. In 2001 his research project Triple Echo won an AHRB award and involves a three-screen interactive video depicting a love triangle based on the Orpheus legends. Dr. Yanna Vogiazou (yanna.vogiazou@xxxxxxxxxxxx) is an Interaction Designer at T-Mobile International, specializing in user experience and cross-platform media convergence. Until recently Yanna was a lecturer in Interaction Design, Programme Leader and Course Tutor for BA/BSc Computing & Interaction Design at the Department of Design, Goldsmiths, University of London. She has a PhD from the Knowledge Media Institute, Open University, UK. Yanna practices a range of research methods and creative processes for the design of innovative interactive products, from user-centered design workshops to concept development and prototype evaluation. Her academic research focused on the social applications of new media and on the process of design for emergence, exploring group interactions and social behaviors that can emerge through unpredictable uses of technology and how these feed back into the design process. In the context of her PhD research, she collaborated with Hewlett Packard Laboratories in Bristol, UK for the design and development of a wireless, location-based multiplayer game. Yanna has published in books, Journals and international conferences. Her PhD thesis has been published as a book by Ios Press, titled 'Design for Emergence'. She holds an MA in Interactive Media from the University of Westminster, London, UK (2001) and a BA (Hons) in Communication and Media from Panteion University of Athens, Greece (2000). _______________________________________________ Leonardo-isast mailing list Leonardo-isast@xxxxxxx http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/leonardo-isast Dr. Sarah Jane Pell Director/Founder, Aquabatics Australia Cell +61 (0)415 711 717 www.sarahjanepell.com Adjunct Lecturer, School of Anatomy & Human Biology, University of Western Australia www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au research@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx --------------------------------- Make the switch to the world's best email. Get the new Yahoo!7 Mail now.
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