Being T/here: Locative experience design and the need for "Armchair Mode"

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Crofts, C. (2012) Being T/here: Locative experience design and the need for "Armchair Mode". In: Environmental Utterance, University College Falmouth, Falmouth, UK, 1st - 2nd September, 2012. Available from:

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The presentation will focus on the importance of designing for the location whilst acknowledging that not all users will choose / be able to physically be there. How can we design both for both here and there? What is the added value of being there? Charlotte Crofts is a creative producer and senior lecturer in Film Studies and Video Production in the faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, UWE. Charlotte’s recent practice research project, funded by DCRC and a UWE Spur Early Career grant, resulted in the Curzon Memories App which was developed with Jo Reid from Calvium using the AppFurnace app development software. Visitors explore the cinema with a mobile handset that uses their GPS position and QR codes to trigger interactive site-specific media content to enhance knowledge and understanding of the exhibits. Charlotte’s next project is part of the AHRC REACT Hub ‘Heritage Sandbox’ scheme to develop ‘City Strata‘ a new mobile curation / authoring platform which enables users to explore different layers of Bristol’s heritage, going back to the first maps of the city in 1750. The platform will enable developers to create different layers or ways of experiencing the city, that their users can then enhance by uploading their own content. The platform will be protoyped with the ‘Cinemap’ layer – which provides a way of navigating the city and experiencing Bristol’s cinematic heritage in the spaces where it actually happened. From the ghost of Robert Partington-Jackson, the murdered manager of the Odeon, Union Street, to Cary Grant’s childhood cinema on Clare Street.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Uncontrolled Keywords: locative media, location-based media, experience design, pervasive media, being there, environmental utterance, physical space, the built environment
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Film and Journalism
Depositing User: Dr C. Crofts
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2012 10:23
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2016 11:24


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