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Emerson College and New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA) announce a new speaker series that will explore the innovative ways artists use wireless technologies. Through the series, "Floating Points 2: Networked Art in Public Spaces," the artists will discuss and show how they employ wireless technologies to take their work off the desktop computer and into the streets. Planned topics include real-time, data-based storytelling; networked activism; location, space, and place; and games and play. This monthly speaker series is co-sponsored by: Emerson's School of the Arts, the Department of Visual and Media Arts, and the City in Transition Program, and the Pro-Arts Consortium, the LEF Foundation, Turbulence.org and New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. The April speaker event will be presented during the Boston CyberArts festival.
Wednesday, January 26
Anne Galloway: PLAYFUL MOBILITIES
Mobile phone usage is already commonplace for many people around the world,
and other wireless technologies promise to become just as pervasive
in coming decades. As technological development continues apace,
scholars and artists have begun in earnest to explore the social and
cultural implications of our emerging devices. Mobile and networked computing
has the potential to cultivate new opportunities for personal autonomy
and collective action, as well as to re-inscribe existing social
inequalities and discourage cultural diversity. Bringing together theory,
art and technology to critique - and create – these shared spaces is nothing new, but it takes on increasing value and importance
Anne Galloway is completing her PhD in sociology and cultural studies of technology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Researching mobile technologies, public spaces and play, the working title of her dissertation is "Urban Mobile, At Play in the Wireless City". In addition to theoretical work on mobility and urbanism, her current research includes five case studies of ubiquitous computing design for urban environments, and Galloway has presented her findings at prominent international conferences and workshops in technology, design, and sociology. Her publications include articles for academic journals and online magazines, and she regularly writes at www.purselipsquarejaw.org and www.spaceandculture.org. Galloway also teaches undergraduate courses in urban cultures and the sociology of science and technology, where she and her students play as much as possible.