Tuters, M. (2004). The locative commons: situating location-based media in urban public space. Paper presented at the Futuresonico4.

“The Locative Media Network seeks to marry the interests of the psychogeographer (whom we may frame as a ‘city hacker,’ after Social Fiction) with those of the online community networking enthusiast” (3).

The influence of Situationist International’s dérive, the psychogeographic walk, is unmistakable in location-based media. It shows us “the connection between the so-called internal (‘psychic’) and external (‘geography’) worlds. In practice, psychogeography brings the art installation and its public (although the distinction often begins to blur here) from the contained space of the gallery into the body of the city” (1).

Tuters explains, we’re living in the middle of a transformation of the notion of the “city.” Mobile technologies are proliferating and connecting virtual communities with reified urban space. Mobile telephony does manage somewhat to bridge the digital divide, but remember these systems are still tied to corporate interests, so a divide will likely persist given that rich technologies will always be costlier. If we do it right and establish public access through telecommunications infrastructure, “the 21st Century will be recognized for making available the digital domains to the public at large in the tradition of furthering our concept and implementation of democracy” (5).

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