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Locative Media

Posted on | January 14, 2007 | 2 Comments

This is a propos nothing in particular, but you might be the right group to clarify a concept for me! I have been stumbling upon the term “locative media” here and there and no matter how many times I read the description on Wikipedia, I don’t find myself any more enlightened (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locative_media). Does anyone know what exactly is meant by “bound to a location”? Are they by definition media which use some sort of mapping? Or can the term refer to a more general media which occur in a particular place-based locality (and in which locality is an essential component)? I can’t seem to figure it out exactly… How widely used is this term?

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2 Responses to “Locative Media”

  1. Caitlin
    January 17th, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

    generally locative media refers to GPS-based devices and site-specific content… narratives for cellphones and handheld devices, for example… also art that takes advantage of wireless networking.

    etymologically I think locative would come from the Latin – “place” (Locus) — and “vocative” from vocare “to call, summon”… perhaps more generally, then, the terms refers to media that gives specific places a voice (hey, I like that…)

    others? (and do correct my Latin if I’m wrong)

  2. Caitlin
    January 19th, 2007 @ 11:40 am

    janine recommends: murmur project —

    http://murmurtoronto.ca/

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