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Michiel de Lange on Wed, 20 Feb 2008 13:48:18 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-nl] UPDATE: The Mobile City conference: 27 & 28 Feb 2008 NAi Rotterdam-Final Program Released

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Beste leden van de Nettime list,

Hieronder het uiteindelijke programma van The Mobile City conferentie. 
Er zijn nog enkele plaatsen voor de hoofddag op 28 feb.

Hartelijke groet,

Michiel de Lange

The Mobile City conference: 27 & 28 Feb 2008 NAi Rotterdam-Final 
Program Released
The Mobile City conference | 27 & 28 February 2008 | NAi (Netherlands 
Architecture Institute) Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The Mobile City is a two-day conference about locative & mobile 
technologies, urban culture and identity. The Mobile City brings 
academics, architects, urban professionals and media designers together 
to address the question: what happens to urban culture when physical 
and digital spaces merge? Keynote speakers are Stephen Graham 
(Professor of Human Geography, Durham University), Tim Cresswell 
(Professor of Geography, University of London), Malcolm McCullough 
(Associate Professor University of Michigan ) and Christian Nold 
(Independent artist and lecturer based in London).

Program Main Conference Thursday Feb 28th
During the main conference on February 28th, Keynote speeches will be 
alternated with short project presentations about the application of 
locative and mobile media. These will be: 
* Esther Polak (independent artist) - Amsterdam RealTime and locative 
media art.
* James Stewart (School of Art Culture and Environment, Edinburgh UK) - 
Branded Meeting Places, Ubiquitous technologies, and the design of 
places for meaningful human encounter.
* Ronald Lenz (Waag Society Amsterdam) - Location-based Learning in the 
Games Atelier.
* Laurence Claeys (Bell Labs-Alcatel-Lucent Antwerp) - "Let the Homo 
Ludens conquer the city": the touch-paradigm in designing new 
* Thomas Engel (The Saints Amsterdam) - NavBall, a locative multiplayer 
* Martin Rieser (media artist and theorist UK) - Starshed: mapping 
stories onto the city of Bristol, UK.
* Dick de Ruijter (Hootchie Cootchie Media Collective Rotterdam) - 
Afrikaander Tapes: city walk in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
* Robin De Witte (I-city Hasselt and City Live) - a wireless city in 
Hasselt, Belgium.
* Karen Lancel & Hermen Maat (independent artists in collaboration with 
V2 Rotterdam) - Stalkshow: an interactive billboard in public space.
* Jeroen van Schaick & Ina Klaasen (Delft University of Technology, 
Faculty of Architecture – Department Urbanism) - Urbanism on Track: 
studying activity patterns in the Network City.
* Willem Velthoven (Mediamatic Amsterdam) – Social RFID.

A discussion panel will be held with participation of: Nicolas Nova 
(user experience & foresight researcher, Media and Design Lab, Swiss 
Institute of Technology, Lausanne), Rob van Kranenburg (Waag Society 
Amsterdam), Nanna Verhoeff (University of Utrecht), Marc Schuilenburg 
(Free University Amsterdam; Studio Popcorn), Joris van Hoytema (BBVH 
Architects, Baas op Zuid).

Background & questions
The physical, geographical city with its piazza’s, its neighbourhoods 
and crossings intersects with the ‘virtual space’ of electronic 
communication-, information- and observation-networks of GSM, GPS, 
CCTV, UMTS, WIFI, RFID, etc. At the same time, the domain of digital 
space is increasingly becoming physical, an “internet of things” is 
emerging. Another example is the rise of 'pervasive games', digital 
games with a physical component in urban space. Is it still useful or 
even possible to talk about the city as being only physical? Or about 
the digital world as purely ‘virtual’ (in the sense of 'not real' or 
immaterial)? The physical city and the spaces of digital technologies 
merge into a new “hybrid space”. Hybrid spaces are shaped by the social 
processes that concurrently take place in digital and physical spaces. 
What is the influence of these developments on the ideas we have of 
time, space and place, citizenship and identity?

Locative and mobile media can be understood as interfaces between the 
digital domain and the city, as bridges between the social processes 
that formerly took place in more separated domains (digital/physical) 
but are now spilling over into each other. The Mobile City will pose 
the following questions:

• From a theoretical point of view, what are useful concepts to talk 
about the blurring/merging of physical and digital spaces?

• From a critical perspective, what does the emergence of locative and 
mobile media mean for urban culture, citizenship, and identities?

• From a professional point of view, what does this mean for the work 
of urban professionals (architects, designers, planners), media 
designers, and academics?

The full program text is available at www.themobilecity.nl/background.

Workshops on Feb 27 [full]
On February 27th two small scale intensive workshops will be held. The 
first session is "New Media and Urban Culture" (with Stephen Graham and 
Christian Nold), the second session is "Mobile Media, Mobility, and 
Identity" (with Tim Cresswell and Malcolm McCullough).

The Mobile City takes place 27 and 28 February 2008 in the Netherlands 
Architecture Institute (NAi). Address: Museumpark 25, Rotterdam, 

February 27th: Small scale in-depth workshops (full)
February 28th: Main conference (still a few places left)

The fee for the main day may be composed of: € 20 (day program only) + 
€ 5 (evening lecture Graham) + € 15 (dinner).

Registration: www.themobilecity.nl/register.

The Mobile City is organized by: 
* 'New Media, Public Sphere, Urban Culture' project at 
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG).
* 'Playful Identities' project at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) 
and University Utrecht (UU).
* Netherlands Architecture Institute Rotterdam (NAi).

Conference organizers: Martijn de Waal (RUG), Michiel de Lange (EUR), 
Oene Dijk (NAi)
Email: info {AT} themobilecity.nl.

The conference is sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for 
Scientific Research through the NWO-research program Transformations in 
Art and Culture.
The Mobile City is kindly sponsored by Dienst Kunst en Cultuur, 
gemeente Rotterdam.
The conference organization wishes to thank the Vereniging Trustfonds 
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam for their kind financial guarantee.

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