What's Next

Private Reveries, Public Spaces is developed under SoMa's Species of Spaces research theme. As a series of experiments in developing new ways of thinking about the social and cultural impact of converging technologies it is a starting point for further investigations.

Urban Tapestries developed out of the research Proboscis conducted during the first stage of PRPS. Its is a framework for understanding the social, cultural, economic and political implications of pervasive location-based mobile and wireless systems. To investigate these issues, we are building an experimental location-based wireless platform to allow users to access and author location-specific content (text, audio, pictures and movies). It is a forum for exploring and sharing experience and knowledge, for leaving and annotating ephemeral traces of peoples’ presence in the geography of the city.
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From April 2004 Proboscis will be extending and developing its investigations into the themes first explored during the first stage of PRPS. Using the Urban tapestries platform as a test-bed, we will begin to explore more deeply the social, political and cultural uses that pervasive mobile and wireless networks will have on culture and society. Proboscis will collaborate with NGOs and Civil Society organisatiosn to design and implement a series of experimental uses of public authoring systems for social action and development.

Private Reveries, Public Spaces Book
Proboscis will publish a book exploring the contexts and implications of how information and communications technologies affect the way individuals behave in public spaces at the conclusion of the PRPS series of experiments and investigations in Spring 2006.

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