Floating Points

Floating Points

Posted On: March 13, 2006
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Emerson College and New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc./Turbulence.org announce the second panel discussion in their series, Floating Points 3 [FP3] that will address the subject of Ubiquitous Computing or “Ubicomp”, where computing and wireless capabilities are so integrated into the fabric of everyday life (clothing, cars, homes, and offices) that the technologies recede into the background and become indistinguishable from everyday activities.

DATE: March 15th, 7:00 p.m.
PLACE [NEW VENUE]: Emerson College, Cabaret, 80 Boylston Street, Boston, and LIVE ONLINE at http://institute.emerson.edu/floatingpoints/06/index.php

Panelists: Adam Greenfield, Preemptive Media (Beatriz da Costa, Brooke Singer), and Michelle Teran
Moderator: Helen Thorington

ADAM GREENFIELD is an information architect and user-experience consultant whose principal concern over the past half-decade has been “the restoration of human users and their needs to a place of rightful centrality in the design of technical systems.” He is the author of “Everyware: the dawning age of ubiquitous computing,” to be released this month, which he hopes will explain just what Ubicomp is, how it might effect us, and how we can effect its eventual development. Greenfield is principal of Studies and Observations, a New York City design consultancy. He was previously lead information architect for the Tokyo office of Razorfish.

reengineers your thinking about mobile digital technologies imbedded in everyday environments. In live performances and real time actions the PM art, technology and activist collective disturbs, dislodges, and redesigns new media technologies that are often ignored, like the bar codes on driver’s licenses or radio frequency information devices used for EZ pass on highways. At the forefront of what is called locative media, Preemptive Media repositions highly specialized technologies within the democratic discourse of low-tech amateurism. PM will focus on their latest project “Zapped” which addresses the mass implementation of RFID and its contribution to the ever growing field of technology-enhanced surveillance practices.

MICHELLE TERAN is a Canadian media artist who explores the performative potential of objects and space. Within her practice she examines the intertwining of social networks and everyday social spaces with their technological counterparts, and creates performances, installations and online works that are concerned with issues of communication, surveillance, psychogeography, presence, intimacy, social ritual, collaboration and public participation. Teran is co-founder of “LiveForm:TeleKinetics” (with Jeff Mann).

HELEN THORINGTON is co-director of Turbulence.org

Floating Points is co-presented by Emerson College and New Radio and
Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA), a not-for-profit media organization with
offices in Boston and New York. It is funded by Emerson College’s Office of Academic Affairs, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, School of the Arts, and Department of Visual and Media Arts.

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