Mobile Computing: The Bauhaus Workshop Results
Results of my seminar “Mobile Computing” at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar: The dissemination and use of mobile phones in everyday life is changing human behavior, the devices have a conspicuous impact on our posture, they alter our language and communication strategies that are part of social network formation. They document our lives through audio and video recordings – and thus shape the perception and definition of our reality. The mobile.processing works investigate aspects of mobile telephony and their relevance to the human body.
Joerg Brinkmann reflects the virtual use of the medium and its interpersonal significance by an animated laugh projected on the screen and prompts to hold the device in front of one’s mouth. This way the virtuality of an intermediary communication medium is shown – next to aspects like biological interpretation of interpersonal communication signals or emotional expressions with symbols, which is so important for electronic communications. The cybernetic feedback mechanism however, is completely non-virtual and inspires interaction on the biological organism.
Hubert Hill calls for verbal interaction, in which he analyzes the input language using sort of a cultural algorithm. It is striking that the joy usually observed in verbal communication through mobile phones, ends in uncertainty because of the absence of a counter-part. The forcement to speak into a device also demonstrates the ambivalent relationship to ubiquitous gadgets.
Stratos Sifostratoudakis deals in his work “half – half full” with the perception of time and it’s organization within a medium like the phone, with calendars and task managers. An optimistic and a pessimistic keynote visualize the lapsing time and remind – as the work of Christian Sohn “HANDYEGO” – on the dubious “Unique Selling Proposition” (USP) of technical gadgets to multiply our free time.
Participating artists: Joerg Brinkmann, Hubert Tecumseh Hill, Stratos Sifostratoudakis, Christian Sohn
Lecturer: Michael Markert