The Art of Mobile Technology
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
April 18, 2005
In both New York City and Toronto, new public space art projects are using cellphones and other mobile
devices to explore new ways of communicating while giving everyday
people the chance to share some insights about real world locations.
One art project,
Yellow Arrow, based in New York City, has developed a
system where people can place yellow stickers in the shape of arrows
around the city, stating that they have something to say about that
particular location. Each arrow, which is ideally placed in a location
that holds significance to the person, has its own unique code that can
be sent to a mobile phone via text messaging, allowing others to read
the message that was left.
The Canadian project
[murmur] which began in 2002, focuses on
experiencing stories through their locations in a similar manner to
Yellow Arrow. When people spot the [murmur] sign, which is shaped like
an ear, they can call a telephone number on their cellphone, type in
the sign's specific code, and listen to a story about the location
while standing in it.
The stories, which are told by everyday people, said Shawn Micallef,
the creative director of [murmur], are first submitted to the project's
website www.murmurtoronto.ca . Micallef then personally meets with the
person to record the story in the location that it took place.
"I want to change spaces into places," he said.
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