Locative Media Art: Implications for User-Generated Urban Planning
Conceptualization of space probably goes as far as the human thought, transforming slightly through the history as one of the central societal ideas. Up to what extent are we the products of the physical environment, and up to what extent the same environment is the product of ourselves and society in total? Looking from the artists’ perspective emerging locative media have interesting and significant role in how we perceive and change the meaning of the space in urban context. They emphasize the subjective, personalized experience of city’s physical space (Galloway 2004) and in the same time questioning our views of spatialization, temporalization and the social aspect of the cities and our everyday life (Borden at al. 2001).
In this paper I will explore all intended or unintended implications for the physical transformation of urban structure and planning influenced by usage of location based media. What kind of physical and practical changes these technologies could bring, and how will these again reshape us as a living part of ‘space organism’? What is the role of the user-generated content created by locative media and how can these affect the changes in the urban realm? What kind of consequences this could have on the structure and meaning of cities itself?
Keywords: Locative Media, User-Generated Urban Space
Communication and New Media Program, National University of Singapore