> I was wondering if the locatives reading New Media
> Curating this month, were aware of the mobile handheld project that
> Modern and Antenna Audio have developed?
> It uses a location sensitive wireless network within the collections
> galleries at Tate Modern, to deliver audio, video, images and text to
> handheld devices carried by visitors. The content the visitors
> receive is
> specific to the artwork they are physically nearest.
> It is fascinating research, and has opened up a lot of the new
> interpretation possibilities ...
I actually met those guys at the Tate a while ago Honor, and what I
found really interesting in talking with them was that they had found
that their application (basically a fancy audio guide) did not actually
benefit from location-sensing any more accurate than room level...
Since the application is supposed to sort-of "add-value" to the art,
Antenna tried "locating" within a grid of the room just it in front of
the pieces, but as it turned out this just confused people as you can
not actually predict what part of exhibition they are looking at from
where they are standing...
By the time I got there to try the application out, they had actually
abandoned location-awareness altogether.