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...


  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 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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Cellphones are robots

Turning the way you look at things upside down can often lead to new fruitful angles of exploration. In this article, cellphones are recontextualised as tracking devices that incidentally also make phonecall. Or as robots that use humans to move around:  

Alice in Wonderland in Berlin

What happens when algorithms go wandering through the streets? These ‘bots’, based on Alice and Wonderland characters, traipse around Berlin (virtually) and check in in places that have something to do with the novel.  

Living in a bubble

A great article by Techcrunch columnist Jon Evens about the the ‘tech bubble‘ as he calls is. We couldn’t agree more.

Beautiful antennas

The National Filmboard of Canade has co-created some wonderful interactive stories, which you can find on their website. To give an example: Holy Mountains, about the need for antennas that integrate with space better.
Docs on the Spot

Docs on the Spot

While it doesn’t seem to use GPS, it’s still great to see a spatialised documentary being made. Especially in Amsterdam. Check it out. Don’t feel like going all the way to Amsterdam to see the videos? Gleam the right codes from here. Or just watch the original documentary it’s based on..

Datavizualisation using Impure

We’ve been looking into datavizualisation a lot recently (although it’s not very wireless art related), and one of the cool tools we found was Impure. It’s a visual programming tool that outputs things like this: a vizualisation of the amount of people living in cities:


This wonderful projects uses chalk to tell inhabitants of buildings how much energy they are using. The directness is a bit scary too: whomever isn’t frugal with energy is spotlighted pretty harshly. Still, interesting.
Creating tours

Creating tours

I was pointed to an open-source tool for creating museum tours a little while back, called Tap Tours. Anything open-source in this field gets my vote, so I thought I’d share:


Ogmento is a very interesting iPhone game. Combining Augmented Reality with locative and pervasive gaming elements, Ogmento looks to be, technically at least, at the forefont of what’s possible.


Named after the Aboriginal culture of creating songs for specific walks, songline is a tool that comes close to the tool I’m looking for. The project could really use some love from a user interface designer to make it more useable and sexy though. It’s even hard to just read the menu.

Rapid-deployment of mobile services

It’s becoming a lot easier (relatively) to deploy your own GSM system. Both with positive and negative consequences. For example, telecommunications in Libya has been made possible recently through a new network set-up by the rebels. It’s an interesting read. The systems, which fit in a briefcase, are made by  Tecore. I first came accross this...


In Holland there is a new system that standardises all addresses. It’s called the BAG. It’s a problem that is very similar to the problems that location based services like Facebook and Foursquare have: they are all independantly creating a database of places in the world. Restaurants, homes, workplaces.. any place where we check in...