Location based media and in particular the so called locative arts discourse make claims for reconfiguring public spaces through participatory uses of mobile and wireless technologies in urban settings. In this paper I am questioning the degree to which location based media can challenge existing configurations of public space. Instead I suggest to “read” these acts, on the one hand as metaphoric or conceptual acts which address the discourse of public space, and on the other hand as private yet shared practices within public spaces, new forms of ars memorativa. In the paper I also consider the role of new technologies as a sublime.
- Tapio Makela, Helsinki, Finland. Media artist, researcher and event organizer.