Panel: Beyond Locative: Media Arts after the Spatial Turn
With the introduction by Apple and Google of Location-Based Services (LBS) on smart phones worldwide, Locative Media has rapidly been mainlined to the masses. Formerly a term that referred to a loose collection of media art practices that experimented with location as a contextual filter for media situated within or distributed across urban or rural environments, today Locative Media has come to connote any software application that filters content based on what is “nearby.” While some would attempt to recuperate the term for discourse in the arts and humanities, looking for the “beyond”, “after” or “post-” Locative in an attempt to theorize an historical period of media art practice in order to lay claim to “the next big thing”, others might argue that it’s time to simply FORGET Locative Media – that the creative, theoretical and aesthetic possibilities of location as contextual filter have been exhausted – and that in order to engage the broader and more subtle nuances of contemporary urban, exurban and rural environments, new approaches to context are necessary.
- Mark Shepard is an artist, architect and researcher whose post-disciplinary practice addresses new social spaces and signifying structures of contemporary network cultures. His current research investigates the implications of mobile and pervasive media, communication and information technologies for architecture and urbanism.