Saturday, May 1, 2004

Mobile Connections - Day 1

Good stuff at Urbis today! The morning kicked off with Sadie Plant on the social and cultural aspects of mobile phones. I'm particularly interested in some of the tensions she described: a sense of social security (always connected, always supported), a sense of social insecurity (extreme sponteneity, uncertainty of plans), a reinvigorated sense of place ("where are you?"), reduced chances of serendipity (never "who are you?"), and the increasing importance of questions like "where are you coming from?" and "where are you going?"

The first panel was on the network commons, where topics of discussion included public wireless access by free2air and TAKE2030, and wireless jamming by WiFi Hog.

The second panel was on locative media - including projects like teletaxi, murmur, biomapping and shrinking cities. Then Ben and I discussed intimate assemblages, locating accountability, problems with black-boxing and technological determinism, amongst other things. I know we lost some people, but others seemed to really enjoy it.

The third and final panel of the day was on the Creative Crossings workshop I posted on a few days ago, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's panels and checking out more of the interactive city experiences and exhibitions.


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