molly hankwitz on 16 Nov 2000 10:34:32 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] cell/mobile

i think in all this discussion of cellular/mobile telephones
we have been thinking predominantly of handsets and
handy hand held mobiles which can be "seen" as phones and which
can be lost or unfortunately, having to traffick for the sake of
"reality" in the likes of Microsoft, a company which would
have us denigrate our imaginations with there gd networked guns...
blah, blah, blah...

Sony makes a tiny ear and mouth piece which is a mobile.
These wearable mobiles are quite a bit different in physical
character to the little purse type or one you place in your pocket or belt
And thse technology's are developing rapidly. Andrew Scott, lecturer in
Industrial Design at Queensland Uni of Technology held a first year
studio recently in which students created jewellry for "life-enhancing
functions" (Project 2: Style Transfer; Active Jewellery) Items such as
video wristwatches,  a nose-pierce camera and tiny lip
mic were some of the items designed with  WAP and cellular technology
in mind. Students designed based on art movements such as futurism
and the work of Jean Arp and explored aesthetic aspects of these artists and/or
 historical themes in their designsto create pleasingly wearable mobiles
with tiny screens, audio components (like the
Sony Walkman) network access, memory, etc.

"The students were encouraged to focus on several discrete functions, along
the line of
ubiquitous computing rather than a consciously "wearable computing"
approach. In other words to humanise the technology to definite
social/spiritual/physical ends rather than an open ended computing approach."
					--Andrew Scott

for more on the studio:

Just so we don't get trapped in thinking about one type of
image and limited of "the mobile telephone" or clog
potentials for inviting and, even, imaginative uses...



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