Cybersalon a series of guest events to discuss the impact of new media in London
Digital London Then & Now January 2013. These events launched the New Media Memory project which is dedicated to archiving and analysing the development of Net culture in the city over the past two decades. Due to the constant improvements in hardware and software, many of the digital artefacts which have shaped today's new media scene have not just been forgotten, but are no longer even accessible. Cybersalon's 2013 events revisit the recent past to inspire contemporary designers, entrepreneurs, techies, academics and activists to build a better and smarter future.
Cybersalon's goal is to create an active network of people interested in the project and to develop a process for crowd-sourcing of the assets for a New Media Memory archive.
The Digital London Then & Now events aimed to raise awareness of the New Media Memory project, develop a taxonomy for collating material and form alliances with academic institutions for the long-term maintenance of the completed archive.
26 June - 20 Years of 'On The Mobile' (1993–2013). From Yuppies, Chalk Marks, Emotional Maps and Geo-Location media to Smartphones and Urban Protests, Wednesday 26 June from 7pm
The introduction of mobile phones in London in the late 80′s as the ultimate Yuppie icon has initiated our long journey to today’s ubiquitous mobile computing. The ‘mobile’ was initially a tool of currency traders, stockbrokers and merchant bankers, who were all exponents of Thatcher’s politics. Over the last two decades the mobile phone has made an incredible journey to a leading tool in our everyday lives. It has also successfully been used to facilitate street protests against authoritarian governments.
Looking at some elements of that journey and explore how this unexpected and unpredicted transformation happened and which critical components on the journey powered such a radical political shift.
William Gibson in his novel has discussed the birth of locative media in London (“Zero History”, 2010). We also acknowledge the head-start that London had in the mobile phone movement and the pioneering role of the early art collectives in the UK such as Blast Theory and Node London.
Christian Nold, Pete Gomes (Chalk Marks project) and Sophia Drakopoulou will look at the difference between Checking-in to a nightclub and Checking-in at a #blockupy protest event. They will examine what happens when this kind of collective data means the participants realise they are in a majority or at least a significant political power (Paolo Gerbaudo ‘The Tweets and the Streets‘, 2012). Some murky aspects of the mobile phone will be examined, including the ‘hacking’ of mobile phones of celebrities and crime victims and the impact of the public outrage on the new Press legislation curbing the power of the old media empires.
The Cybersalon Series – Then and Now – is supported by Middlesex University and Cyberia Foundation.
Christian Nold is an artist, designer and researcher working to develop new participatory technologies for communcal representation. He has written the books “Mobile Vulgus” (2001) and “Internet of People for a Post-Oil World” (2011) with Rob van Kranenburg and edited “Emotional Cartographies – Technologies of the Self” (2009). He has led large scale participatory mapping projects, in particular “Bio-Mapping" which has been staged across the globe with thousands of participants. He has developed experimental currencies, the Biijlmer Euro (2010) and Suomenlinna Kuula (2012). Christian is releasing the book “The Participation Problem – Autopsy of an Island Currency” later this year. His is currently working on a PhD in the Extreme Citizen Science Group at UCL. christiannold.com, biomapping.net
Sophia Drakopoulou is a Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture and Communication at Middlesex University and runs the BA in Media and Cultural Studies. Her PhD title: ’How Long Is Now? A study into the spatiotemporal qualities of mobile media in location-specific interaction 2001 to 2008′. Sophia publishes on locative media technologies, location-based games and mobile media in several international peer-reviewed journals. Sophia is a co-founder of Cybersalon. Sophia's Writing: A Moment of Experimentation.
Pete Gomes mutantfilm.com
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