The concept that I chose for my project is Spatial Awareness on and off the screen. Users act differently when they can see a direct visualisation of what they’re doing. My project uses this and listens to the sounds of what’s going on around the computer and visualises it on the screen in a graphical manner. It also listens to what users are doing online with the twitter implementation by displaying tweets on the screen that contain a certain hash tag. With these different represented stations of how people act in the space I will hopefully be able to see whether people behave any differently with these visualisations on the screen.
A similar piece of work was done with the concept of awareness of your surroundings at the London Science Museum. The ‘Who Am I?’ exhibit uses a multistage system that lets the users view how they look isolated from the rest of their surroundings bar other people. This allowed them to compare what the differences were between separate people. I want my project to have a similar effect to this and make people aware of the audio landscape surrounding them as well as the digital one underlying it. The ‘Who Am I?’ exhibit was designed by Casson Mann.
The new digital media can change the spatial and temporal dimension of social life. – Time and Space Perception on Media Platform (Kweon, Hwang, Jo). Link to paper