Convergence 18(3), Special Issue on Locative Media (2012)

6 February 2013, dusan

“The aim of this special issue of Convergence is to open up conversations about the past, present and possible future directions of locative media, both within the precise context of new media arts as well as across their wider manifestations and contexts of use. It seeks to highlight the continued importance of and need for ongoing and detailed critical engagement with locative media in all its forms.”

With contributions by Andrea Zeffiro, Marc Tuters, Frauke Behrendt, Lars Nyre, Solveig Bjørnestad, Bjørnar Tessem, and Kjetil Vaage Øie, Chris Chesher, Carlos Barreneche.

Guest editor: Rowan Wilken
Publisher SAGE
ISSN 1354-8565
351 pages



Eric Gordon, Adriana de Souza e Silva: Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (2011)

9 February 2012, dusan

Provides an introduction to the new theory of Net Locality and the profound effect on individuals and societies when everything is located or locatable.

– Describes net locality as an emerging form of location awareness central to all aspects of digital media, from mobile phones, to Google Maps, to location-based social networks and games, such as Foursquare and facebook.
– Warns of the threats these technologies, such as data surveillance, present to our sense of privacy, while also outlining the opportunities for pro-social developments.
– Provides a theory of the web in the context of the history of emerging technologies, from GeoCities to GPS, Wi-Fi, Wiki Me, and Google Android.

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, 2011
ISBN 1405180609, 9781405180603
200 pages

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Richard Coyne: The Tuning of Place: Sociable Spaces and Pervasive Digital Media (2010)

8 November 2010, dusan

How do pervasive digital devices—smartphones, iPods, GPS navigation systems, and cameras, among others—influence the way we use spaces? In The Tuning of Place, Richard Coyne argues that these ubiquitous devices and the networks that support them become the means of making incremental adjustments within spaces—of tuning place. Pervasive media help us formulate a sense of place, writes Coyne, through their capacity to introduce small changes, in the same way that tuning a musical instrument invokes the subtle process of recalibration. Places are inhabited spaces, populated by people, their concerns, memories, stories, conversations, encounters, and artifacts. The tuning of place—whereby people use their devices in their interactions with one another—is also a tuning of social relations.

The range of ubiquity is vast—from the familiar phones and handheld devices through RFID tags, smart badges, dynamic signage, microprocessors in cars and kitchen appliances, wearable computing, and prosthetics, to devices still in development. Rather than catalog achievements and predictions, Coyne offers a theoretical framework for discussing pervasive media that can inform developers, designers, and users as they contemplate interventions into the environment. Processes of tuning can lead to consideration of themes highly relevant to pervasive computing: intervention, calibration, wedges, habits, rhythm, tags, taps, tactics, thresholds, aggregation, noise, and interference.

Publisher MIT Press, 2010
ISBN 0262013916, 9780262013918
344 pages

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