READING RESPONSE #4 – Evan Rosen

This week I read “Territory as Interface: Design for Mobile Experiences”, an article written by Michael Longford of Concordia University. Early in the article we learn about The Mobile Digital Commons Network, also known as the MDCN and how it is a collaborative research network launched in 2004 by a institute that is a part of Concordia University. The questions, How can an awareness of environmental and social histories and local knowledge lead to an engagement with mobile devices outdoor spaces, and how might participatory public authoring play a meaningful role in interactive new media genres?, are questions that shaped MDCN research and are critical to works currently being developed. The first project was installed in a park at Place Emilie Gamelin in Spring 2015. The project explored the history of Montreal using sound, image and GPS sensors to help examine many variables. Many interactions were contemplated that could possibly come from treating a phone as a sixth sense. They wondered if we could communicate with the after life through text, this really interested me because I personally have wondered this before, and it was a thought I did not think many people shared. Is there a possible way that the after life can send messages through phone that maybe are deeper than texts, I wonder this all the time. This relates to our class because we are talking about media involvement past human life and in the beginning we learn about the MDCN and projects that helped progress media for the better.