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Fragments of place : revealing sense of place through shared phone images.

Smyth, Michael and Helgason, Ingi (2009) Fragments of place : revealing sense of place through shared phone images. [Artefact]

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Is an interactive new media art installation that explores how the sharing of images, normally hidden on mobile phones, can reveal more about people's sense of place and this ultimately shared experience. Traditional views on sense of place, as exemplified by Wagner (1972) and Relph (1976), characterise the experience as a fusion of meaning, act and context. Indeed, Relph suggests that it is not just the identity of a place that is important, but also the identity that a person or group has with that place, in particular whether they are experiencing it as an ‘insider’ or ‘outsider’. This work stimulates debate concerning the impact of technology on sense of place. Technology offers a number of bridges between the real and virtual worlds, but in so doing places an increased tension on the sense of place and subsequently the identity of the individual. This, coupled with the increased use of camera phones, has enabled the documentation of all aspects of our lives, the things we do, the objects we encounter and the places we inhabit. The installation taps into these hidden electronic resources by letting people share their sense of place associated with a large scale event. The work explores the changing nature of the sense of place of performers, visitors and residents over the duration of the event. Interaction with the installation will transform the viewer into performer, echoing Relph’s insider-outsider dichotomy

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Additional Information: Presence Research in Action Fragments of Place is presented by Napier University's Centre for Interaction Design, and the Peach Project. Presence research focuses on understanding, generating and achieving control over the cognitive experience of being somewhere, or someone. If it feels real, then it is Presence. Here "it" may refer to the environment, the body, or even perceived agency (as defined in AI). It is by nature a deeply interdisciplinary field spanning an extremely wide range of subjects. Peach Peach is a three year FP6 Coordination Action (CA) on Presence let by Starlab Barcelona. The action was initiated on May 1st 2006 and will last until April 30th 2009. The CA is financially supported by the European commission under the Future Emerging Technologies (FET) - Information Society Technology (IST) programme nursery of novel and emerging scientific ideas
Uncontrolled Keywords: sense of place; mobile phone images; identity; experience; technology;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 700 Arts & recreation > 770 Photography & computer art > 775 Digital photography
700 Arts & recreation > 770 Photography & computer art > 770 Photography, photographs & computer art
000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data > 005.4 Systems programming and programs > 005.43 Systems programs & operating systems > 005.437 User interfaces
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > TR Photography
Item ID: 3534
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2010 12:27
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2010 12:27
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/3534

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