Ubicomputacional Art: Urban Environment and Emergent Narratives


Session Title:

  • City, Public Space and Mobile Technologies

Presentation Title:

  • Ubicomputacional Art: Urban Environment and Emergent Narratives




  • Session: City, Public Space and Mobile Technologies

    The use of mobile, pervasive and locative technologies in every daily  practices are reconfiguring our daily experience, putting us in constant  contact (co-presence) with friends, family and work´s topics. This paper  explores the art in Post Desktop Era and we propose the term Ubicomputacional  Art with a new field in Cyberarts for study of junction between Art + ubiquitous computing. The term of “ubiquitous computing” was proposed by Mark Weiser to describe a kind of “computing without computers”. Ubicomputacional Art is not just the sum of art plus ubiquitous systems but also a new mode that is born and a new paradigm for thinking about the relation of art, science, life and technology. The daily urban flows, security and new tolls for human health (like the development of mob biomedical sensors to help and inform the doctor about some  diseases) are some topics that we are working in a transdisciplinar way between Arts and Engineering. We will present some new technologies in development by LART (Laboratory of Research in Arts and TechnoScience_University of Brasília_Gama, coordinate by Diana Domingues).  Apparerently invisible, computers are “populating” the homes, offices, streets in smart environments, pockets and in many other portable technologies – devices can be attached to the body like many biomedical sensors. The ability of urban environments to add information is also  exploited in the art in some collaborative practices. We intent showing some mob applications created  like an artwork that allow the user tell stories about place in a new open narrative porpoise that mixes documental, ficcional, intimate stories with historical, scientific and political viewpoints as an example that how we can reconfigure the public space, the sense of co-located and new kinds of mobile social network and arrangements. Understanding the changes in computer technology is an important point for us what we really have to create new art with the ubiquitous systems. What extent the Art Ubicomputacional would help create a world view about the new technologies? In what way the artists would be broadening, subverting and re-contextualizing these technical tools?

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