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Caron, A. H. and Caronia, L. (2007). _Moving cultures: Mobile communication in everyday life_. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

André H. Caron, Ed.D., Human Development from Harvard University is Full Professor at the Departement of Communication of the Université de Montréal. He researches cultural and policy issues and the general impact of traditional and new media in society.

Letizia Caronia, PhD Education, is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Societies – Faculty of Education in the University of Bologna. She was visiting scholar at the Department of Communication of the Université de Montréal from 2005 through 2011. She researches media education, epistempology and methodology of qualitative research, and language, social interactions and culture in everyday life.

Following Certeau (1984), Caron and Caronia believe that the maneuvers of people “play roles in producing new and often unforeseen cultural models of things” (217). They find mobile technologies to be particularly interesting because technologies are material and discursive objects, contributing to the one’s already rich quotidian acts offer “potential fields of actions, possible narrative programs…. [they] fabricate culture (45). Our phones are not incidental to our lives — our media objects construct meaning in our lives. They compel our communication and the resultant texts are the cultural artifacts.

Evoking Canclini (2001), Caron and Caronia establish a deeper, potentially political, meaning between product and user. That appropriation, through “intentionality,” the act of perceiving an object through one’s own vantage, “allows resistance to objectual and cultural constraints and enables people to overcome social and historical determinism” (53) — “where there is choice, there is responsibility” (ibid).

In terms of personal mobility, we now consider the complementary conceptions of delocalization and multilocalization. The latter wonders where you are now and where you are going. Using your cell phone is a multilocalizing act — you can be in the private and public spheres coetaneously. Digital communications make the borders between these two spheres permeable, and since their uses proliferate, our perceptions of the spheres likewise change.

Our mobile media transform mere spaces into, following Augé (1995), places. Mobile telephony transform Augé’s non-places, taken with Caronia’s (2005) “no-when times” (the temporal analog to Augé’s non-place), into functional social places and times.

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Paul, C. (2007). The Myth of Immateriality: Presenting and Preserving New Media. In _Media Art Histories_, O. Grau, ed. Cambridge and London: The MIT Press.

New media art has increased and improved the conventions and possibilities for exchange, collaboration, and presentation. While many call it “immaterial,” it isn’t necessarily so. Yes, algorithms constitute, but hardware contains those algorithms. New media art encompasses several aspects: process, time (sometimes real-time), dynamism, participation, collaboration, performance. In addition, it is “modular, variable, generative, and customizable” (253).

Those are good things. Here are some challenges (that make as much sense in planning terms as they do in Paul’s museum-specific context). New media art takes time, so visitors rarely see the full work and rarely come in at the beginning, so the narrative, assuming there is one, is non-linear. In addition, museum struggle with new media art’s prescribed interactivity.

To make it work, artists, curators, and audiences share deep involvement from the project’s initiation. The artist (planner) becomes the curator, establishing parameters, a creative context, for audience agency and sometimes “public curation.” New media art can be in the gallery, locative, online, and “has the potential to broaden our understanding of artistic practice” (272).

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Lynch, K. (1972). _What Time Is This Place?_ Cambridge and London: The MIT Press.

Kevin Lynch is the guy. I swear, every time I read something of his, I’m blown away on multiple levels: insight, writing, research, everything. He’s famous for his ability to operationalize elements of place (most famously in The Image of the City [1960]) and their psychological effects, as well as his elegant research methodologies, but he simply does not stop there. His ability to perceive space and its great affect on our lives is echoed in his writings, too. Such a lovely writer. So simple, so unadorned, yet utterly evocative. Every written passage is a sensorial one. Wonderful stuff.

With that, this book is about how the physical world embodies the markings of time, how those markings may jibe with (or not) our own experiences, and what might be done to make that association “a life-enhancing one” (1).

“[T]he quality of the personal image of time is crucial for individual well-being and also for our success in managing environmental change, and that the external physical environment plays a role in building and supporting that image of time. The relationship is therefore reciprocal” (1).

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About/By/In Out the Window

Out the Window is the first of its kind participatory learning experience for young people and the Los Angeles Metro ridership. A collaboration among four of Los Angeles’ media arts organizations – LA Freewaves, Echo Park Film Center, Public Matters, and UCLA REMAP (Center for Research in Engineering, Media, and Performance) – and Transit TV, the project engages youth and community-based artists in producing relevant and meaningful videos about their neighborhoods and lives. The project is divided into two phases: the first involves the work of students from East Los Angeles, Echo Park, and Historic Filipinotown, and the second adds videos by LA artists, activists, and storytellers. All work aims to engage and inspire the LA Metro ridership.

I hope this is a representative, if not comprehensive, report of the works achieved and things learned over the course of Out the Window’s implementation.

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Nobody walks in LA

I wonder how long ago this happened and yet I also know it doesn’t much matter. I also don’t agree with my post title, but see tags. Photo by Colin Peeples.

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June 15, 2012 · 3:51 pm

Move It! talk @ EPFC – presentation

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