Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Handheld Histories

Freqout! Design Intern Daniela Boraschi recently undertook a research project to build a ‘Mobile History Walk’ around ‘The Devils Acre’ in Victoria. The project entitled ‘Handheld Histories’ used a PDA device donated by BT. Daniella devised the walk using the ‘Create-A-Scape’ software developed by Future Lab which was downloaded onto the PDA. Using the software and PDA she was then able to successfully access the Wireless City Network.

After the first phase of research the next step is to work with young people to help them to develop their own bespoke walks based on their local area. Young people will be able to log on wirelessly in the centre of London so they can access information remotely, they are then free to learn on the move without having to return to their youth club or base. The project creates new and innovative learning opportunities outside of the traditional school environment and opens up discussion and debate through interaction with location.

1 comment:

Carmin said...

We thought of the same alliterative name for our projects, "Handheld Histories"! In Feb. 2006 I proposed a locative media artwork called "Handheld Histories as Hyper-Monuments" for a grant. "Handheld Histories as Hyper-Monuments" is an artwork that addresses historic bias and exploits media literacy through GPS and mobile computing technologies. Turbulence commissioned the work, and it was exhibited at the Judi Rotenberg Gallery in Boston during the 2007 Boston Cyberarts Festival. This artwork, HHHM, is a collaboration by Carmin Karasic, Rolf van Gelder and Rob Coshow, with special thanks to the HP mscapers team.