As the smart phone has become an extension of ourselves or ‘intimate technology’ (Ritchie Pg 5 2014)) so we can see how the idea of locative art (Behrendt et al pg 6 2015) within different environments and within different contexts has become a much more viable part of our digital cities.
Netparks are interesting areas to develop digitally as developing this community public space into ‘the 21st Century’ (Behrendt et al Pg 30 2015) using smartphone technology feels like a natural continuity. Netparks can become fluid, changing spaces, and as digital parks can continually be changed and updated as there are no physical structures to knock down and re-build (recreational or art based)
The key purpose of my Actionbound app is for the participants to develop a creative interaction that connects them to this environment and its history. The mission would be an educational experience and is focused on students from Year 9 through to Higher Education who are studying subjects such as English, History or Media Studies. The idea is that they not only have they to find their particular location or story but they also have to think of an interesting way to represent it through moving image, either as a news item, a (very)short drama, or in a more experimental way using image and sound. These locations are all highlighted on the Newhaven Fort website and will need to checked out on the field trip to see if they are viable
Where my concept might not be right for the Actionboound is that I feel it has predominantly one major outcome, that of creating an interesting video, rather than fully engaging with GPS and the scanning of the code. This will be explored for viability on the field trip where I will see how I can incorporate it more seamlessly.
Interaction is a really important element in helping develop engagement and I feel this would encourage this, in particular in developing ideas of the best way to represent and communicate these different historical locations.
(Behrendt F, Doughty K, Poulter S, Bailey C, Reid J (2015) NetPark. Research and Development Report. http://artsdigitalrnd.org.uk/projects/metal/)
Ritchie, J. 2014. The Affordances and Contraints of Mobile Locative Narratives. In The Mobile Story. Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies, ed. J. Farman, 53–67. Oxon: Routledge