Bruce Sterling on sustainable design

Monday, 14 January 2008

“Bruce Sterling’s presentation at LIFT evening Korea on Industrial Products And Ubiquity. Bruce talks about sustainable design, recycling, total life-cycle management, tags, radio-frequency identity, search engines, locative media, computer fabricators, industrial design, user records, metadata. web commerce and ubiquitous computing in the service of sustainability. ”

From LIFT. (LIFT evening Seoul, 12 September 2007)

Via CORE77.


GPS Drawings: “Message in a Bottle” (2004ff.)

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Layla Curtis - Message in a bottle

About the project:

“On 25th May 2004, fifty bottles containing messages were released into the sea off the south-east coast of England near Ramsgate Maritime Museum, Kent. The intended destination of the bottles is The Chatham Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The islands, which are 800km east of mainland New Zealand, are the nearest inhabited land to the precise location on the opposite side of the world to Ramsgate Maritime Museum. It is anticipated that the bottles may be found several times before reaching the Chatham Islands.

Several of the bottles are being tracked using GPS technology and are programmed to send their longitude and latitude coordinates back to Ramsgate every hour. The information they transmit is used to create a real time drawing of their progress.”

http://www.laylacurtis.com/bottle/home.htm
Via Pasta&Vinegar


Loca: Set To Discoverable (2006ff.)

Sunday, 6 January 2008


(Film: Drew Hemment, 2007)

About: “Loca is an artist-led project on grass-roots, pervasive surveillance by John Evans (UK/Finland), Drew Hemment (UK), Theo Humphries (UK), Mike Raento (Finland).”

History: ” The premier full presentation of Loca: Set To Discoverable at ISEA2006 and ZeroOne in August 2006 combined art installation, software engineering, activism, pervasive design, hardware hacking, SMS poetry, sticker art and ambient performance.”

Setting: “Deploying a cluster of interconnected, self-sufficient Bluetooth nodes across downtown San Jose, the Loca art group were able to track and communicate with the residents of San Jose via their cellphone without their permission or knowledge, so long as they had a Bluetooth device set to discoverable. Over 7 days more than two thousand five hundred people were detected more than half a million (500,000) times by the Loca node network, enabling the team to build up a detailed picture of their movements. People were sent messages from a stranger with intimate knowledge of their movements. Over the course of the week the tone of the messages changed, “coffee later?” changing to “r u ignoring me?”

Why? “Pervasive surveillance is potentially both sinister and positive at the same time. New ways of organising media and of communicating with each other become possible when the context of the media and the user is known. But also as a consequence ever more can be surveilled and ultimately controlled. Loca examines what happens when it is easy for everyone to track everyone, when surveillance can be affected by consumer level technology within peer-to-peer networks, without collapsing this ambiguity. It is an experiment that does not either blindly celebrate the technology, or claim that the technology is inherently bad. It aims to raise awareness of the networks we inhabit, to provoke people into questioning them, and help people equip themselves to deal with the ambiguity of pervasive media environments.”

http://www.loca-lab.org/


“The Mobile City” conference 2008 at Rotterdam

Thursday, 20 December 2007

The Mobile City

“The Mobile City is a conference on locative and mobile media and the city. The conference brings together academics, urban professionals, locative artists, and media designers.

The rise of mobile and locative media like the mobile phone and GPS blur the boundaries between the physical world and the digital world. What does this mean for the city?”

Rotterdam, 27-28 February 2008

http://www.themobilecity.nl/


Mediacity International Conference 2008

Saturday, 15 December 2007

MEDIACITY – Situations, Practices and Encounters

Who? Mediacity Project, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany

When? January 18-19 2008

Where? “Oberlichtsaal” of the main building of the Bauhaus-University Weimar

What? The conference will investigate how the social settings and spaces of the city are created, experienced and practiced through the use and presence of new media. We will take the position that new media enables different settings, practices and behaviours to occur in urban space. These media create opportunities for diverse forms of connections between people and spaces and enable and create flows; of information, of communication and of knowledge.

http://www.mediacityproject.com/


Will mscapers wear data gloves?

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Among the people at mscapeFest07 at Bristol were:

  • Yolande Kolstee, she is an officer for Innovation and Quality Care of the Royal Academy of Art (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, abbreviated KABK), The Hague, Netherlands, and projectleader of the AR+RFID Lab at Royal Academy of Art. She works closely together with

Yolande and Pieter are working with RFID technology already and now are thinking of using the data gloves of their augmented reality systems as another sensor for the mscape system. What their students are doing you can watch in the following two funny videos from the website of AR+RFID Lab via YouTube.
The English website of the AR+RFID lab is: www.kabk.nl/lab


HP Labs Mediascape – Promotion from 3GSM ’07

Friday, 7 December 2007

A video from axsantan at YouTube: “HP Labs Mediascape demo announced at 3GSM”.


mscape ‘always something somewhere else’

Friday, 7 December 2007

The mscapeFest07 was good. Here comes another video on mscaper.

A video from 29fragiledays/YouTube: “Some user feedback on ‘always something somewhere else‘, a generative locative media experience built using the new Hewlett Packard mScape software.”

Author Duncan Speakman on ‘always something somewhere else‘:

“In the work the listener is asked to locate various substances that form the contemporary urban environment (glass, stone, concrete etc.). As they mark the location of each one they begin to hear interwoven stories connecting them to remote locations around the world, soundtracked with a generative music score. The narratives are progressed and concluded as the listener returns to the locations they chose. The piece is reflective and sometimes melancholy, it touches on issues of climate change and global awareness, but ultimately encourages the listener to treasure the moments around them…”


Stourhead (Node) Explorer

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Two videos from YouTube on Node:

1. This one shows the nodeexplorer as the “Stourhead GPS Explorer”

2. Here is an example of a program for the nodeexplorer as “Stourhead GPS Explorer”. I like it, as it does not simply show the reality, but reconstructs the past.

More:

Press release: Node goes live at Stourhead Gardens

Site information: National Trust


“Social mapping” is not (yet?) a killer application

Monday, 19 November 2007

Viktor Holdener observes in his diploma thesis “Open Map Sihlwald”, that visitors of the “Sihlwald” (20km south-west of Zurich, Switzerland) visitors are not very interested in “social mapping”. But he expects the interest to grow, as the technique spreads and becomes available on mobile phones equipped with GPS.
http://www.sihlwald.unizh.ch/works/publicat/vholdener/open_map_sihlwald.pdf


mscapeFest07

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Where? Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol (UK)
When? 3-4 december 2007
What? two day conference for mediascape enthusiasts, involving workshops mentored by industry professionals, speakers from a range of backgrounds, a showcase of mediascapes and plenty of networking
Registration closes on Monday, 19 November 2007!
More at http://www.mscapers.com/mscapeFest07


Definitions

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Locative Media are media of communication bound to a location. They are digital media applied to real places and thus triggering real social interactions. While mobile technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), laptop computers and mobile phones enable locative media, they are not the goal for the development of projects in this field.
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Locative_media&oldid=169239815

Location-based media (LBM) delivers multimedia directly to the user of a mobile device dependent upon their location. The media can be delivered to, or triggered within any portable wireless device that is GPS enabled and has the capacity to display audiovisual content. The term was jointly coined at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show by Tom Brammar, the then Chief Executive of Node, and Martin Hill an original founder of Symbian, and wireless pioneer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Location-based_media&oldid=166571132

Location-based services (LBS) (or LoCation Services, LCS) are services developed and distributed by wireless carriers and their partners which provide information specific to a location. The advantage is that mobile users don’t have to manually specify ZIP codes or other location identifiers to use location-based services.
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Location-based_service&oldid=171990247