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Re-making space with cellphones July 12, 2007

Posted by François in appropriation, baroque, boost, space.

Brett Stalbaum, who had brought Boost’s cheap GPS-enabled internet-connected phones to my attention, has been using them in two of his classes at UC San Diego this past quarter. The result is “antinormalizer”, a project in which his students used the phones to re-make public spaces around campus. As Brett explains in the video, cell phones are increasingly scripting our behavior in public spaces, so why not use them to “change the script of already programmed spaces”? The result is a fascinating baroque layering of unexpected behaviors onto existing space.

“Antinormalizer is a project of VIS 141B (Advanced Computer Programming in the Arts) and CAT 124 (Sixth College Practicum) at the University of California San Diego, Spring 2007. In it, a location aware mobile phone application helps students do things that are antinormal. And, it is also all of the antinormal performance that happened as a result.”



1. Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Tired of your mobile phone scripting your daily behavior? Try Antinormalizer! - July 14, 2007

[…] the last line of thought, it’s been said that cell phones are scripting our behavior. As François Bar let us know, Brett Stalbaum and Derek Lomas, both from UC San Diego, developed a creative approach of the […]

2. a.k. mahan - July 23, 2007

A further example of calls scripting behaviour:

Urban Myth Spreads Panic

Subject: mobile phone brain virus

Hi All,
Its very important news for all of you. Do not pick up calls from the Under given numbers.

9876715587 ,
These numbers will come in red color, if the call comes up from these numbers. Its with very high wave length, and frequency. If a call is received on mobile from these numbers, it creates a very high frequency and it causes brain ham range.

It’s not a joke rather, its TRUE. 27 persons died just on receiving calls from these numbers. Watch Aaj Tak (NEWS), DD News and IBN 7.

Forward this message to all u’r friends and colleagues, and relative

3. wide open spaces · U-Learning - August 26, 2007

[…] have been thinking of buying a mobile 🙂 . I want to learn how to change the script of already programmed spaces. What do you […]

4. OTN @ CIT » Blog Archive » Art is research! Re-scripting spaces for learning - September 5, 2007

[…] After following Bee’s blog post about u-learning and watching to Scoble video, I skipped over to YouTube and picked up the designing learning spaces (or more accurately, the ‘antinormalizer’) video Bee refers to, about re-scripting spaces in which we learn (blog post is here). […]

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