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<nettime-ann> The Mobile City conference : 27 & 28 Feb 2008 NAi Rotterdam - Final Program Released


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UPDATE: The Mobile City conference : 27 & 28 Feb 2008 NAi Rotterdam - Final Program Released

The Mobile City conference | 27 & 28 February 2008 | NAi (Netherlands Architecture Institute) Rotterdam, The Netherlands


http://
www.themobilecity.nl

The Mobile City is a two-day conference about locative & mobile technologies, urban culture and identity. The Mobile City brings academics, architects, urban professionals and media designers together to address the question: what happens to urban culture when physical and digital spaces merge? Keynote speakers are Stephen Graham (Professor of Human Geography, Durham University), Tim Cresswell (Professor of Geography, University of London), Malcolm McCullough (Associate Professor University of Michigan ) and Christian Nold (Independent artist and lecturer based in London).

Program Main Conference Thursday Feb 28th

During the main conference on February 28th, Keynote speeches will be alternated with short project presentations about the application of locative and mobile media. These will be: 

* Esther Polak (independent artist) - Amsterdam RealTime and locative media art.

* James Stewart (School of Art Culture and Environment, Edinburgh UK) - Branded Meeting Places, Ubiquitous technologies, and the design of places for meaningful human encounter.

* Ronald Lenz (Waag Society Amsterdam) - Location-based Learning in the Games Atelier.

* Laurence Claeys (Bell Labs-Alcatel-Lucent Antwerp) - "Let the Homo Ludens conquer the city": the touch-paradigm in designing new technologies.

* Thomas Engel (The Saints Amsterdam) - NavBall, a locative multiplayer game.

* Martin Rieser (media artist and theorist UK) - Starshed: mapping stories onto the city of Bristol, UK.

* Dick de Ruijter (Hootchie Cootchie Media Collective Rotterdam) - Afrikaander Tapes: city walk in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

* Robin De Witte (I-city Hasselt and City Live) - a wireless city in Hasselt, Belgium.

* Karen Lancel & Hermen Maat (independent artists in collaboration with V2 Rotterdam) - Stalkshow: an interactive billboard in public space.

* Jeroen van Schaick & Ina Klaasen (Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture – Department Urbanism) - Urbanism on Track: studying activity patterns in the Network City.

* Willem Velthoven (Mediamatic Amsterdam) – Social RFID.

A discussion panel will be held with participation of: Nicolas Nova (user experience & foresight researcher, Media and Design Lab, Swiss Institute of Technology, Lausanne), Rob van Kranenburg (Waag Society Amsterdam), Nanna Verhoeff (University of Utrecht), Marc Schuilenburg (Free University Amsterdam; Studio Popcorn), Joris van Hoytema (BBVH Architects, Baas op Zuid).

Background & questions

The physical, geographical city with its piazza's, its neighbourhoods and crossings intersects with the 'virtual space' of electronic communication-, information- and observation-networks of GSM, GPS, CCTV, UMTS, WIFI, RFID, etc. At the same time, the domain of digital space is increasingly becoming physical, an "internet of things" is emerging. Another example is the rise of 'pervasive games', digital games with a physical component in urban space. Is it still useful or even possible to talk about the city as being only physical? Or about the digital world as purely 'virtual' (in the sense of 'not real' or immaterial)? The physical city and the spaces of digital technologies merge into a new "hybrid space". Hybrid spaces are shaped by the social processes that concurrently take place in digital and physical spaces. What is the influence of these developments on the ideas we have of time, space and place, citizenship and identity?

Locative and mobile media can be understood as interfaces between the digital domain and the city, as bridges between the social processes that formerly took place in more separated domains (digital/physical) but are now spilling over into each other. The Mobile City will pose the following questions:

• From a theoretical point of view, what are useful concepts to talk about the blurring/merging of physical and digital spaces?

• From a critical perspective, what does the emergence of locative and mobile media mean for urban culture, citizenship, and identities?

• From a professional point of view, what does this mean for the work of urban professionals (architects, designers, planners), media designers, and academics?

The full program text is available at www.themobilecity.nl/background.

Workshops on Feb 27 [full]

On February 27th two small scale intensive workshops will be held. The first session is "New Media and Urban Culture" (with Stephen Graham and Christian Nold), the second session is "Mobile Media, Mobility, and Identity" (with Tim Cresswell and Malcolm McCullough).

Practical

The Mobile City takes place 27 and 28 February 2008 in the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi). Address: Museumpark 25, Rotterdam, Netherlands. 

February 27th: Small scale in-depth workshops (full)

February 28th: Main conference (still a few places left


The fee for the main day may be composed of: € 20 (day program only) + € 5 (evening lecture Graham) + € 15 (dinner).

Registration: www.themobilecity.nl/register.


Organization

The Mobile City is organized by: 

* 'New Media, Public Sphere, Urban Culture' project at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG).

* 'Playful Identities' project at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and University Utrecht (UU).

* Netherlands Architecture Institute Rotterdam (NAi).

 

Conference organizers: Martijn de Waal (RUG), Michiel de Lange (EUR), Oene Dijk (NAi)

Email: info {AT} themobilecity.nl.

 

Sponsors

The conference is sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research through the NWO-research program Transformations in Art and Culture.

The Mobile City is kindly sponsored by Dienst Kunst en Cultuur, gemeente Rotterdam.

The conference organization wishes to thank the Vereniging Trustfonds Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam for their kind financial guarantee.



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The Mobile City
27-28 February 2008
Netherlands Architecture Institute - Rotterdam

www.themobilecity.nl
info {AT} themobilecity.nl

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27-28 February 2008
Netherlands Architecture Institute - Rotterdam

www.themobilecity.nl
info {AT} themobilecity.nl

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