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mScape: Building Narrative Spaces for Locative Media

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Volunteering for Waag Society’s Come Out And Play 2007 during the Picnic festival in Amsterdam was a great experience. Although I haven’t had the time to write about it yet, mostly because of my work nowadays at Virtueel Platform, it is very relevant for my MA Thesis which I’m finishing as we speak.

In my thesis, as you might have read in some of my previous posts, I examine narrative spaces created by existing locative media, more specifically the navigation system and its deterministic algorithms causing havoc to environments without the users really knowing the consequences. In another strand, shaping narrative instead of algorithm, I recently stumbled upon mScape, the new Hewlett Packard software, which allows you to create generative locative media experience. It really allows you to tailor a virtual space to the territory and give new meaning to it. A toolkit for the locative future? This YouTube presentation video gives you a sense of what the tool can do.

The website offers users the ability to share and discuss their mediascapes. The software however does require an HP iPaq. If anyone has experience with this software, just drop me a line because I’m very interested in the narrative capabilities this can offer to locative media. Super Mario GPS anyone?

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Written by newmw

December 27, 2007 at 3:10 pm

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