Treasuremapper

Treasuremapper

Treasuremapper is tool that we created to help artists more easily create stories and other experiences in public space. The software, which is open source (and thus free) allows you to create “locative media” experiences on GPS-enabled mobile devices such as smartphones. Using GPS Treasuremapper makes it easy to show certain...
Gifted - What is your popularity worth?

Gifted – What is your popularity worth?

Gifted is a participatory installation that was built in 2008 for the Impakt Festival in Utrecht. It is one of our biggest and most eye-catching works. The installation explores the future of social networks as reputation quantification systems, and the repercussions this could have for interactions in society. The tagline “what...
Citizen Journalism

Citizen Journalism

For the 2008 ZXZW festival we joined forces with designer Ruben Pater to create a participatory installation based around mobile photography. We asked festival visitors to use their cameraphones to capture and share their festival experience, turning the visitors into our army of reporters. Pictures could be sent to a...
BelBellen

BelBellen

  During the 2007 Cinekid Exhibition kids were surprised to find an enormous phone that displayed a phonenumber on it’s screen. As soon as they called that number (often a parent would assist), the phone lit up and it started blowing soap bubbles for 30 seconds. The title refers to the double...
NotSpots

NotSpots

NotSpots are a way to show internet art in public space. Usually when you connect to a wifi hotspot you expect to be able to surf the internet like normal. But with our NotSpots, no matter which website you try to visit, you will always be shown just the one...
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Shenzen Shanzai

Shenzen Shanzai

Traveling ethnographer David Kousemaker recently updated me about his travels. He had just returned from the Far East with a brand new iPhone.. or so it seemed. It was a fake, but an incredibly good fake. I highly recommend a wonderful blogpost that describes his amazement at the work-shops he found there. He describes what he considers to...
Mobile Storytelling

Mobile Storytelling

Have you ever been on a GPS tour? They can be really boring. Let’s change that. In this workshop we explore the various possibilities that new location-aware smartphones offer. New tools make creating these experiences as easy as drawing on a map! A screenshot of a tool we can use, called Treasuremapper. Contents In this workshop...
Wanderlust

Wanderlust

It’s always fun to discover others who are thinking the same thing. Here, the makers of Wanderlust, a new location-based storytelling tool, explain issues and chances they see for mobile storytelling that remind me of a blogpost I wrote for The Mobile City a while ago.

Poezie-Apps

“Zoals” is the name of a ‘poetry app’ built by Ingrid Goovers and Maichiel Veltkamp. It’s a visual experience that uses the phone as a virtuel window onto a abstract reality which is itself based on a poem by Judith Hertzberg. More at: http://www.poezie-apps.nl

Duncan Speakman

Sometimes you find people who have perfect last names. Duncan is one of these people, as all his works are locative sounds pieces. Some use GPS, but he has also created a wicked phone-based work called “we are forests” together with Amsterdam based cultural geek Arjan Scherpenisse. Check out Duncan’s works.  

Repudo

An interesting Dutch startup that allows you to “drop digital artefacts (mediafiles) in the real world”: Repudo.

Augmented Reality Cinema

Now this looks interesting: Augmented Reality Cinema. When I tought a course on Locative Storytelling at the WDKA, the students were asked to bring an existing story to life, preferably around a movie. This project would have been a great example to show the students as inspiration.

Working on this new website

We’re working on this new website that is better able to show our current practices. You can still visit our previous website.

Mocatour

Something about Layar continues to spark inspiration in others. Here’s a researcher at the University of Amsterdam, Frank Nack, who is trying to build a grafiti system on top of it. Http://mocatour.wordpress.com

Soundpheres.nl

Soundspheres.nl is a new Dutch initiative that allows you to create locative soundscapes. It’s focus is on euducational use. http://soundspheres.nl/

We’re hosting a workshop on mobile storytelling

Do you want to develop your own locative story or experience? Come you us during our workshop at SETUP in Utrecht on the 10th of July. We’ll be looking at some theory and some examples, but mostly we’ll go hands on with state of the art web-based tools to create some basic experiences right there...

Ghost Garden by Champagne Valentine

We only just discovered this project which has been developed in Amsterdam. The interface tries to get away from the utilitarian map interface. Exactly what we like to see.