Empowering Mobile Art Practice : A Recontextualization of Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing

Jürgen Scheible

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisCollection of Articles


    Creating art with mobile phones in public spaces is an emerging form of artistic expression. This dissertation investigates the design and use of mobile art applications for creating and sharing interactive art experiences in public spaces. It explores new ways of deploying mobile and ubiquitous computing for art making that fosters creativity and community. This is done by developing a series of novel prototype applications, with a focus on multimodal interfaces that are put into use in authentic environments for validation by real people. The approach is to couple an artistically motivated design and innovation process with mobile, web and public display technologies, in order to explore the prototypes that build the empirical framework of this research. Multimodal interfaces address many of the human senses, such as seeing, hearing, touching; they thus provide powerful user experiences. Combining spaces with different modalities provides new possibilities for real-time interaction and engaging experiences. But there is a problem in that little is known about how to design multimodal interfaces and systems to work in the context of the city as digital interface, especially how to enable participatory, real-time interaction in urban space to foster creativity and togetherness. The resulting mobile art applications signal a new era in digital creativity, as they show the strengths of future mobile interactive platforms. The key points are providing engaging experiences of mass participation both locally and physically distributed; enabling creativity; and promoting real-time interaction not only between ‘people and people’ or ‘people and machines’ but also between ‘people and things’, such as nature, buildings, objects and the physical environment generally. These forthcoming approaches will lead to designs and implementations of new mobile interaction platforms, which eventually will lead us to new leisure time activities, such as creating and sharing art experiences in public space, but also to new ways of living an art- and culture-inspired lifestyle - empowering mobile art practice.
    Translated title of the contributionEmpowering Mobile Art Practice : A Recontextualization of Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor's degree
    Awarding Institution
    • Aalto University
    • Ojala, Timo, Thesis Advisor, External person
    Print ISBNs978-952-60-0014-5
    Electronic ISBNs978-952-60-3650-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    MoE publication typeG5 Doctoral dissertation (article)


    • urban computing
    • experience
    • wireless communication
    • Web technologies


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