[ISEA2011] Paper: Tiago Rodrigues Lucena – Ubicomputacional art: urban environment and emergent narratives


Session: City, Public Space and Mobile Technologies

The use of mobile, pervasive and locative technologies in every daily  practices are reconfiguring our daily experience, putting us in constant  contact (co-presence) with friends, family and work´s topics. This paper  explores the art in Post Desktop Era and we propose the term Ubicomputacional  Art with a new field in Cyberarts for study of junction between Art + ubiquitous computing. The term of “ubiquitous computing” was proposed by Mark Weiser to describe a kind of “computing without computers”. Ubicomputacional Art is not just the sum of art plus ubiquitous systems but also a new mode that is born and a new paradigm for thinking about the relation of art, science, life and technology. The daily urban flows, security and new tolls for human health (like the development of mob biomedical sensors to help and inform the doctor about some  diseases) are some topics that we are working in a transdisciplinar way between Arts and Engineering. We will present some new technologies in development by LART (Laboratory of Research in Arts and TechnoScience_University of Brasília_Gama, coordinate by Diana Domingues).  Apparerently invisible, computers are “populating” the homes, offices, streets in smart environments, pockets and in many other portable technologies – devices can be attached to the body like many biomedical sensors. The ability of urban environments to add information is also  exploited in the art in some collaborative practices. We intent showing some mob applications created  like an artwork that allow the user tell stories about place in a new open narrative porpoise that mixes documental, ficcional, intimate stories with historical, scientific and political viewpoints as an example that how we can reconfigure the public space, the sense of co-located and new kinds of mobile social network and arrangements. Understanding the changes in computer technology is an important point for us what we really have to create new art with the ubiquitous systems. What extent the Art Ubicomputacional would help create a world view about the new technologies? In what way the artists would be broadening, subverting and re-contextualizing these technical tools?

  • Tiago Rodrigues Lucena .Arts and Media FestivalDirector graduated in Arts and Media course at Universidade Federal de Campina Grande-Paraíba_Brazil. In a professional atuation i´ve been working with video and non-linear edition, and direction of hypermedia and multimedia products: webdocumentaries, websites, interactive cd-rom applications.  In master research, at UnB _ Universidade de Brasília, in a Arts and Technology I investigated the field of Mobile Art (in a pratical-theorical research). Mobile Art is a art practical that has opened with the uses of mobile devices (cellphone, smartphones, netbooks..) in arts, science and technology. In this way I has development many arts/technology works exploring some tools of this kind of device: Bluetooth works in mobile social networks, GPS in GPS drawings, SMS in SMS literature and Flash Mobs, QR-codes in new narratives possibilities. Some of this works was exposed in Festivals of arts and technology. We expand now our research in doctoral program thinking in a association between Arts and Ubiquitous Computing. Now in a doctoral research i´m very interesting to deepen the discussions around the new Technologies in art and life, bringing some concepts of computer science.  Mobile computing, pervasive and ubiquitous computing are the phases that computing plataforms are sufferind and will change the how we perceive, share and create information. This research will be made in a new  collaborative space of LART _ Art and Technoscience Laboratory (coordinate by Dra. Diana Domingues) in intersection between Art and Software Engineering, Automative, Eletronic, Energy at Universidade de Brasília/ Gama campus. Organized II International Festival of Arts and Media – FAM in Brasilia-Brazil.

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