Tate Modern + Museum Education


Here is an interactive installation that I came accross while at Tate Modern some days ago in London.


The concept is that education(art) interface(‘pool tables’, flippers, etc) and games (shooters etc) are combined to an eye candy set of furniture that you simply cant stop playing with. Meanwhile, one can visit Tate Kids  for some online inspiration…


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Taking as a starting point a festival that took place a while ago in Amsterdam, called the Mobile Music Workshop

(to read an extensive article, visit we-make- money- not-art)

i am writing about some mobile-music pieces, others directly linked to mobiles, others to education and others to geo-tagging and gps.

01_Gamelan Playtime, by Arlete Castelo & Melissa Mongiat, UK ( http://www.milkandtales.com)


This installation draws in passers-by as they walk along Hungerford terrace on the South Bank. By moving their hands across an invitingly tactile surface pedestrians trigger sensors that release recordings of the Royal Festival Hall’s Gamelan set being played by a group of Lambeth school children. The sounds are made up of the Gamelan instruments themselves, human voices and song. The installation is a 30m long “wall”, bringing about unexpected interaction not only between each individual and the surface but also amongst the all the different groups of people engaging with the installation at the same time. more…

02_PLAY.orchestra, by Arlete Castelo & Melissa Mongiat


Play orchestra, recreates an empty orchestra pit of 60 seats. Passers-by can take the stage and experience a musical piece
from the player’s perspective. By taking a seat, the public triggers a recording of the correspondent musical instrument. As more people
sit down, the composition is progressively revealed in its whole. They can further engage with the piece through their mobile phones, by receiving ringtones of the experience they just created, or sending
their own sounds. These will then be part of a new composition to take place within the installation, for other passers-by to discover.’

o3_Net derive, by Atau Tanaka and Petra Gemeinboeck



Participants are given a kind of scarf with a mobile phone in each end and off they go to explore the neighborhood. One of the phones takes pictures every 20 secs and collects sounds, the other talks to the GPS (also in the scarf) and to the server inside the gallery space. On a radar they can see themselves pictured as dots but also the images they’re taking. The sounds and pictures collected in the streets are sampled and mapped to a 3D city map in the gallery. As users are walking they can hear some voice instructions through a pair of headphones. Those comments suggest paths to follow or turns to make, they are generated and heard in a musical fashion.

04_Sonic City, Lalya Gaye, developed by a the Viktoria Institute and RE:form in Sweden, 2004

Sonic city, enables people to compose music in real time by walking through the city, through a mobile wearable interface. The system retrieves information about the environment and user action, and maps it to the audio processing of urban sounds, resulting in music heard through headphones.

–how it works–

Wearing a sensor-equiped jacket, the person can create a personal soundscape co-produced by physical movement, local activity, and urban ambiance.

05_Taking Soundings, by Yolande Harris, KHM


‘Taking soundings is a series of pieces that are emerging from the investigation into landscape and navigation. Taking soundings is a traditional technique of determining the shape and depth of the sea or river-bed by means of a lead and line, and I find an obvious continuity in the gathering of information from satellites via a GPS receiver. Taking soundings of ones position relative to satellites orbiting the earth rather than relative to ones immediate environment, strikes me as a kind of blind guidance, which encourages feelings of security or insecurity. Certainly this giving up of something of ones own intentions and perceptions, being taken by the hand as it were, has parallels with an experience of art. My intentions, rather than taking away peoples ability to act, is to encourage an unfolding of experience, a drift.’ More…

06_Talking cities, Hybrid Space Lab in KHM


The four sculpted audio seating areas are traversed by broad bands, each carrying the audio signal of one of the four radio stations. By means of little cable spools in which loudspeakers are integrated, visitors can go to any point along a band and listen to the programme of that particular radio station in German, or in English. More…

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area-code works



‘this is a massively multiplayer real-world game, tested at the 2005 Ubicomp conference in Tokyo. The game users Japanese Puri Kura sticker-clubs as a starting point for a playful experiment in social networks, automated phonecam image analysis, and urban visual culture.

The goal of the game is to see and be seen using swarms of microscopic images woven through the complex fabric of Tokyo streetlife. Players use only their phonecam and a sheet of tiny Puri Kura self-portrait stickers.

Players place their stickers wherever they want, and then “collect” the stickers of other players by shooting them with phonecams. Mobot technology automatically recognizes the sticker from the image, and assigns points to the player on the sticker and the player who shoots the sticker. Though the game, players become tiny pop icons and attention is refocused on this parallel sticker population, an echo of the crowds around us. ‘



The Sopranos A&E Connection game was designed for the premiere of the Sopranos on A&E TV. Using cell phones to collect pieces,(heroes pictures from posters on the street for example) players composed an online gameboard to anticipate what might happen that night on the Sopranos, much like Fantasy Football works with sports.

When the episode premieres on A&E, the players’ online gameboards come to life and animate synchronously to the TV signal. As the characters, settings and objects of the Sopranos appear on TV, the corresponding pieces animate and score points. (Therefore when tony appears on the screen, tony’s pictures on the gameboard match and give points to the player)


Designed for Qwest Wireless in 2003, this was the first ever use of semacode, optic codes scanned by phonecams. A city-wide treasure-hunt designed for high school students, players went through the city “shooting treasure” with Qwest phonecams and moving their totem pieces to capture territory. The winning team won a $5,000 scholarship for their school. Online, a web site showed the players’ locations and game progress, turning it into a spectacular audience-facing event.

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mobile audio+mms blogging

01_Dial Elbarrio, Stephanie Owens, Parsons


DIALelbarrio is an “embedded” documentary in the streets of Spanish Harlem. By making the stories, images, and videos accessible to anyone with a cell phone, the project seeks to establish an ongoing, street-accessible narrative of its people and history. DIALelbarrio makes contributing information about the neighborhood, its people, places and histories as convenient as making a phone call.

—how it works—


Send a text message to “24442” with the word “startDIAL” or comienzaDIAL as the message. The message “comienzaDIAL” will send information in Spanish and “startDIAL” will send information in English.


Start by standing in front of the James de la Vega mural on 106th street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues. Text “24442” with this message: “mural lex.106.3” (without the quotation marks). You will receive an MMS message in your phone inbox that includes an image of the mural and related information. If there is more than one mural in the nearby area, you will receive multiple MMS messages.



Once the mural image is retrieved, you can view a larger image and read more detailed information about the mural from your desktop computer later. Enter your mobile phone number at the top of the website and all the images that you saw on your phone as thumbnails will be displayed in large format. You can also contribute to what is known about the murals in this section. ‘ More…

02_Dial A chawl, Mobile Geographies@Parsons, Charles Broskoski,Eric Nunez,Emilia Wiles


This is a mobile audio-blog develloped in the Mobile Geographies Collaboration studio for the Girangaon Mil area in Mumbai.(see earlier posts) Following a voice menu, users can upload a story, listen to other entries, answer questions about their neighborhood and vote for the best entry so far. Here is a user test

Good and FREE technologies to use, are

gabcast or g-cast are free podcasting services that allow you to upload recordings from your mobile phone to a podcast and embed that in your blog and so on.

cafe bevocal – voice xml service

03_Call a diva, Zoe Irvine


To be part of DIAL-A-DIVA all you need to do is sing or talk into a telephone, or use your phone as a microphone wherever singing or vocal performance happens. Dial-a-Diva call centre will link as many different types of singing, from as many locations as possible to a wide international audience of telephone listeners. Whether at home, in a concert hall or bar, whether professionally or just for fun, whether accompanied or solo, whatever the vocal performace Dial-a-Diva would love to have you taking part. Sign up, we’ll arrange a slot in the schedule and call you at the time of your concert wherever you are – world wide participation is free.more…

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01_AudioBored, by Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Stefan Agamanolis

is a public online audio messaging board that allows for anyone to call in, record a message, and post it to the server. Simply dial the free 1-800 number from the website and record your note. Visitors to the board can click on the sound clips and listen to all the recordings collected. Like an online bulletin board, AudioBored allows for candid opinions, thoughts, ideas, exclamations, etc… to be posted live in a shared online space as recorded audio through a phone interface.


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Crickets, by Mitchel Resnick Natalie Rusk Brian Silverman Robbie Berg

Crickets are small programmable devices that can make things spin, light up, and play music. You can plug lights, motors, and sensors into a Cricket, then write computer programs to tell them how to react and behave. With Crickets, you can create musical sculptures, interactive jewelry, dancing creatures, and other artistic inventions — and learn important math, science, and engineering ideas in the process.

Crickets are based on more than a decade of NSF-funded educational research. Lifelong Kindergarten researchers collaborated with the LEGO company to create the first “programmable bricks,” squeezing computational power into LEGO bricks. This research led to the LEGO MindStorms robotics kits, now used by millions of people around the world. While LEGO MindStorms is designed especially for making robots, Crickets are designed especially for making artistic creations. Crickets were refined in collaboration with the Playful Invention and Exploration (PIE) museum network, and are now sold as a product through the Playful Invention Company (PICO).’ More…

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scratch-media toolkit-software

Scratch is a new (open source) programming language, by the LifeLong Kindergarden@MIT media lab, that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web. Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design, more…

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