Mobile Devices and Art Museum, a new learning experience.

The commonplace mobile devices that visitors carry in their pockets are increasingly being used by art museums as educational resources that extend the visitor’s learning experience. By offering visitors platform-specific applications that deliver rich, dynamic content, museums are able to engage and educate visitors in new and exciting ways.

Within this context, Laurent Antonczak is currently leading a team of 10 researchers, based in Strasbourg (France), who are investigating the use of mobile technology to engage museums visitors in learning about a masterpiece, its author and about the social and political context of the creative work. This project aims to provide mobile users with a positive experience with the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg (http://www.musees.strasbourg.eu/index.php?page=mamcshttp://www.musees.strasbourg.eu/index.php?page=mamcs ).

During his session, Laurent will give a quick overview of this specific project and will define some key elements of this project in relation to mobile phone, collaborative practice and user experience.
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Laurent has more than 10 years experience in digital strategies (branding, marketing, visual communication, social media, and emerging technologies for web and mobile phones). Laurent is co-founder of MINA.

MINDtouch: Mobile Media Performance

The mobile media performance project, MINDtouch: Ephemeral Transference, a PhD art research work completed in 2010 and published in 2011. It proposed that the mobile videophone become a new way to communicate non-verbally, in real time, across different physical and technological environments and locations. Users ‘VJ-ed’ or mixed video from a database live, and using their body data with wireless sensors they had abstract visual conversations with other mobile users, creating a collaborative, telematic collage of externalised body sensations. The goal was to expand and explore more embodied and meaningful exchanges between remote groups of people.

MINDtouch critically investigated, challenged, and extended the potential of performance practice through its live approach, using mobile and online networks. It was about the transmitting the sense of liveness and presence, through visual manifestations of embodied experiences through the mobile network.

It is my contention that lo-fi aesthetics of pixelated images add to the intimacy, authenticity and ‘realness’ of the mobile video medium, as well as making it more accessible to the users. Delays in the transmission render the work more ‘everyman’ in its nature and easier to relate to, while professional quality work creates a distance or disconnect from the common person and their everyday experience or ability. I will discuss these issues and the MINDtouch project in more depth in this paper, as well as new directions in non-verbal mobile expression and performance in my new work.

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Dr. Camille Baker is a lecturer and artist-performer/researcher/curator within various art forms: interactive and performance installation, music composition and performance, video art, web animation, and experience design.