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Sleepy Urbanite

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Sleepy Urbanite is a project of Yvonne Doll. She explains: “ is the freaky, love-child of my frustration with slogging away in day job land and my unwavering compulsion to make art. This is a holding place for thoughts and images that I collect from the people, places and things I encounter on my daily journey in sweet home urban-opolis, Chicago, Il.”

Besides being an artist, Yvonne Doll is also the lead singer of ‘The Locals‘.


Friday, February 22nd, 2008

performance01.jpgneXtOper@_1.03> is geen typefout, maar de naam van een project van Sergio Maltagliati in samenwerking met Alessandra Rossi, waarbij ze opera en mobiele telefoons bij elkaar voegen. Check voor liberetto’s, muziek en afbeeldingen hun website. En wil je met jouw mobiel ook aan een opera meewerken, dan kun je je gewoon bij Sergio Maltagliati via zijn site aanmelden.

The Cell Atlantic CellBooth

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

dan.jpgTalking on the phone is no longer a private exchange. What if you could carry a phone booth with you and set it up when you needed to converse in private? Well, check the website of Jenny L Chowdhury.

Copyright image: Jenny LC


Friday, February 22nd, 2008

ear.jpg[murmur] is a documentary oral history project that records stories and memories told about specific geographic locations. [murmer] collects and makes accessible people’s personal histories and anecdotes about the places in their neighborhoods that are important to them. In each of these locations [murmur] installs a [murmur] sign with a telephone number on it that anyone can call with a mobile phone to listen to that story while standing in that exact spot, and engaging in the physical experience of being right where the story takes place. Some stories suggest that the listener walk around, following a certain path through a place, while others allow a person to wander with both their feet and their gaze.

for more information check: [murmur]

Copyright text and image by [murmur].


Friday, February 22nd, 2008

006_indx.jpgURBANtells is a collective of media artists whose work focuses on the intricacies between the architecture, cityscape and the human and cultural geography found within any city.   URBANtells’ art practice involves the use of various forms of low and high technology to engage the residents, transients and lost inhabitants of the city.

The underlying concern of the collective is to use the various forms of technology in ways that foster, collect and redistribute urban culture in or as close to real time, to classify experiences, and to encode and communicate them symbolically through wireless transmitted linear and non-linear narratives.  This might take the form of prerecorded and live sonic impressions that are non-narratives such as the sounds from dinner, the streets, and/or community events. Our collective explores forms and modalities for enhancing connections among community residents via affordable technology, research, and learning.  We loosely define the community- inter-communities as an amalgamation of living things that share the urban environment.

Copyright text and image by URBANtells

Net_Dérive, the city as instrument

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

0netderive.jpgNet_Dérive, by Atau Tanaka and Petra Gemeinboeck with the collaboration of Ali Momeni, is a location sensitive mobile media art piece that calls for an exchange between participants in the gallery and participants in the streets. Deployed on advanced mobile phones, the work seeks to create a kind of musical instrument, thinking of the city-as-instrument.Participants are given a kind of scarf with a mobile phone in each end and off they go to explore the neighborhood. One of the phones takes pictures every 20 secs and collects sounds, the other talks to the GPS (also in the scarf) and to the server inside the gallery space. On a radar they can see themselves pictured as dots but also the images they’re taking. The sounds and pictures collected in the streets are sampled and mapped to a 3D city map in the gallery. As users are walking they can hear some voice instructions through a pair of headphones. Those comments suggest paths to follow or turns to make, they are generated and heard in a musical fashion. The voice instructions are inspired by the old Situationist games and theory of the Dérive - now brought into the digital and mobile spheres. As the user chooses to heed or ignore these instructions, a trace of his/her path is carved out in the city.

The engine then generates an audiovisual amalgam based on this information, and feeds it back as a live stream to each mobile client. The simultaneity, history, and memory of the various users’ paths and images become an abstract narrative that is summed together and projected in the gallery space. A feedback mechanism is created as users’ actions generate the collective narrative that in turn directs them.

Presented in Paris during the IntensiveScience exhibition of Sony CSL Paris, 6, 7-october 2006

Photo by Walter Kim/ Dana Gordon. Images and information courtesy of Atau Tanaka.

Cell Phone: Art and the Mobile Phone

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

brooklyntastes.jpgCell Phone: Art and the Mobile Phone has been an exhibition at the contemporary museum in Baltimore, which explored some of the groundbreaking works that are being created by artists today using cell phone technologies. These works engage such features and technologies as camera phones, video phones, global positioning systems, Bluetooth technology, ring tone sounds, and messaging. (more…)

Mobile Feelings

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

mobilefeelingsii2.jpgChrista Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau created the project ‘Mobile Feelings’ in 2003. MB is an artistic project that explores the ambivalence of sharing personal information with an anonymous audience. We are constantly surrounded by anonymous people who share their most secret thoughts with us.

Instead of communication via voice or images to people we know, ‘Mobile Feelings’ lets people communicate with strangers through virtual touch and body sensations including smell and sweat using specially designed mobile phones. ‘Mobile Feelings’ aims to create unusual and unsettling sensations of sharing private body sensations with complete strangers over a mobile phone network.

Content from Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau

The-Phone-Book Limited

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

nyshow-full-sm.jpgThe-phone-book Limited houdt zich bezig met de ontwikkeling van de content van de mobiele telefoon. Het bedrijf verzorgt onderwijsprogramma’s en onderzoekt de creatieve mogelijkheden van nieuwe technologieën en ‘avant-garde kunst’ voor de mobiele telefoon.

The-phone-book Limited specializes in the learning, creation and distribution of mobile phone content and wireless interactivity. It designs educational programs, provides creative technical infrastructure and produces avant-garde art works using old and new technologies.

Japanese Whispers

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

japanesewhispers.jpgNovember 2000-December 2000, project by Haque, design and research

As an experiment into the way information is changed by being digitally processed and transmitted through electromagnetic space, up to 20 mobile phones were laid nose-to-toe in a circle. During the performance event, calls between the phones were initiated in a variety of patterns (neighbour to neighbour or across the circle) and the ambient sounds and voices of participants were input into the mouthpieces to be propagated through the phones and mobile phone network.

The resulting feedback loop delayed and distorted the sounds through the iterative process of being digitised, transmitted, output and re-digitised, creating echoes of the room and nearby people that sounded much like chirping birds.

Content from Haque, design and research

Viva la focus

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

vivalafocuslogo.gifOn April 11th the first mobile film festival will be held at the filmtheater Images in Groningen. The festival is organized by Groninger Forum. If you want to compete or vote for the best movie, check their website. Unfortunately, their info is just in Dutch.

Golan Levin

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Interview with Golan Levin about Dial (A Telesymphony).