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Comparative Textual MediaTransforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era$
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N. Katherine Hayles and Jessica Pressman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680030

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680030.001.0001

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Mobile Narratives: Reading and Writing Urban Space with Location-Based Technologies

Mobile Narratives: Reading and Writing Urban Space with Location-Based Technologies

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Comparative Textual Media
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Adriana de Souza e Silva

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680030.003.0002

This chapter considers mobile displays that are not only public but live and interactive, as in an LED display on the side of a building that shows text messages sent by people passing. Enacted in different installations with variations, these public art works share certain features that challenge traditional modes of understanding in the humanities, especially the assumption that art endures and can be archived, shelved, and otherwise made permanently available. In addition, they are crafted to disturb the environment, creating new kinds of relationships between people moving through ambient space and the landscape through which they move.

Keywords:   media specificity, media materiality, media framework, practice-based research, recursivity, media theory, curricula reform

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