Urbanity and Mobile Media Working Group


Session Title:

  • Working Groups

Presentation Title:

  • Urbanity and Mobile Media Working Group



  • Digital technology and communication media have brought about new perceptions and social interactions in the urban environment, transforming the ways we experience our cities. The concepts of space, time, and social relationship in the urban environment are put in flux via emerging technologies such as wireless networks, locative media and mobile computing. There is growing interest among communities of artists and designers, viewing the city as fluid interface, geographical canvas, social playground, and as public space. Using mobile phones, laptops, surveillance cameras and even radio, these artists and designers are exploring various hybrid spaces, between place and media technologies, the physical and the virtual, the social and the personal, the past and the present, and so on.

    On the cross-platforms of art/design, technology, and social sciences, submissions are sought to deal with the issues of participation, play, process, and engagement upon the theme of urbanity and locative media. The papers and projects may reflect on, but are not limited to, the following critical issues and ideas:

    1. What are the creative roles and alternative visions that locative media bring to the urban environment?
    2. How can artistic intervention and tactical approaches transform the ways we experience the city?
    3. How are the past, present and future of the city envisioned and experienced through locative media?
    4. How does digital technology open new ways to engage people in the public domain?
    5. How can diverse aspects of the city – whether cultural, historical, or social – be reflected and engaged via locative media?
    6. How can the artist?s vision and sensibility contribute to new visions on urbanity?


  • Working Group Members:

    • Suhjung Hur, Co-Chair, Curator, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea
    • Bo-Seon Shim, Co-Chair, Head of Academic Office, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea
    • Soh Yeong Roh, Co-Chair, Director, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea
    • Julian Bleecker (Researcher): Research Fellow, Annenberg Center for Communication, Assistant Professor, Interactive Media Division, University of Southern California Venice, California, US
    • Adrian David Cheok, Director, Interaction and Entertainment Research Center, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    • Drew Hemment (Researcher): Research Fellow & Director of Future Everything, Creative Technologies University of Salford, Manchester, UK
    • Jeffrey Huang (Researcher): Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
    • Anthony Townsend (Researcher): Research Director, Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, California, US
    • Marc Tuters (Researcher): Research Fellow, Annenberg Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    • Adrian Cheok