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<nettime-ann> Turbulence Commission: "mobotag" by Marta Lwin

June 1, 2006
Turbulence Commission: "mobotag" by Marta Lwin

"mobotag" reveals the hidden layers of a city through an active exchange of
location based media and text messages via the cellphone. It's collaborative
phone tagging of the city. Part virtual graffiti, part walking tour,
"mobotag" creates a spontaneous and easy way for tagging a neighborhood via
the cellphone. Send and view messages, images, videos and sounds. See art,
read stories, and watch a hidden layer of the city reveal itself. Respond
with your media and participate in the creative expression and mapping of
your neighborhood. By sending a text message to "mobotag", with your city
location, you begin an interactive tour of a neighborhood. Using a unique
geocoding feature, "mobotag" tells you what other messages exist in your
local area. In the near future "mobotag" will also feature art projects
including "flyHere," a mobile phone audio installation featuring native bird
calls; "bugBytes," collectible graphical bugs originating at major telecoms
around NYC; and "lookHere," a written work in short form by a native NY

"mobotag" is a 2006 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (aka
Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding
from the Jerome Foundation.


Marta Lwin is an artist, technologist, and researcher who recently completed
her masters at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. Her
background is both in art and activism. In the early to late 90's she worked
with Greenpeace, UNEP, and Women's Environmental Network and Reclaim the
Streets (UK). After joining a loose network of artists at Backspace
(http://bak.spc.org/) in London, Lwin became interested in the creative use
of technology as it relates to biology. Currently, her work focuses on the
intersection of art and technology and includes projects that critically
challenge and subvert accepted perceptions of the relationship between
nature and technology. Her work has been shown at galleries in Europe and
New York. Publications covering her work including networked_performance,
Engadget, Core77, Treehugger, Cool Hunting, MocoLoco, WorldChanging, Rhizome
and We Make Money Not Art.

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