The Mobile Audience

Media Art and Mobile Technologies


Editor: Martin Rieser
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.

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Howard Rheingold: Introduction
Martin Rieser: Overview
Section 1: Towards Hybridity. A History of Audience Mobility
Erkki Huhtamo: Pockets of Plenty: An Archaeology of Mobile Media
Susanne 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’ Actions
Martin Rieser: Forgotten Histories of Interactive Space
Adriana de Souza e Silva: Art by Telephone: From Static to Mobile Interfaces
Section 2: Critical Issues in Mobile Art
Critical Contexts and Definitions
Mary Griffiths and Sean Cubitt: Mobile/Audience: Thinking the Contradictions
Jon Dovey and Constance Fleuriot: Towards a Language of Mobile Media
Beryl Graham: Snapshots from Curating Mobility
Understanding Public Spatialisation
Martin Rieser: Beyond Mapping: New Strategies for Meaning in Locative Artworks
Anke Jacob: Digital Media and Architecture—An Observation
Mirjam Struppek: Urban Screens as the Visualization Zone of the City’s Invisible Communication Sphere
The Creative User
Debbi Lander: Future Physical: The Creative User and theme of response-ABILITY
Andrea Zapp: ‘A Fracture in Reality’: Networked Narratives as Imaginary Fields of Action and Dislocation
Section 3: Case Studies
Locative 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 Liberties
Drew Hemment, John Evans, Mika Raento and Theo Humphries: Loca: ‘Location Oriented Critical Arts’
Usman Haque: Invisible Topographies
Jonah Brucker-Cohen: Wifi-Hog: The Battle for Ownership in Public Wireless Space
The Creative User: The User as Co-creator
Paul Sermon: Puppeteers, Performers or Avatars: A Perceptual Difference in Telematic Space
Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau: Mobile Feelings: Wireless Communication of Heartbeat and Breath for Mobile Art
Victoria Fang: The Living Room
Arianna Bassoli: tunA and the Power of Proximity
Margot Jacobs: Engagement with the Everyday
Cati Vaucelle: Between Improvisation and Publication: Supporting the Creative Metamorphosis with Technology
Anthony Rowe: Developing Creative Audience Interaction: Four Projects by Squidsoup
Wearable Computing
Lisa Stead, Petar Goulev, Caroline Evans and Ebrahim Mamdani: The Emotional Wardrobe
Katherine Moriwaki: Social Fashioning and Active Conduits
Laura Beloff: Wunderkammer: Wearables as an Artistic Strategy
Section 4: Artist Interviews
Fiona Raby: Flirt and Mset
Teri Rueb: Trace, The Choreography of Everyday Movement and Drift
Matt Adams: Blast Theory
Steve Benford: Mixed Reality Lab
Drew Hemment: The Politics of Mobility
Joey Berzowska: Memory-Rich Garments and Social Interaction
Annie Lovejoy: Heart on Your Sleeve
Contributor Biographies
Selected Bibliography