Locative Media

The term “locative media” implies an interdisciplinary, culturally-based approach to the design and study of location-aware responsive and / or interactive environments and systems. Projects in locative media may include, but are not limited to, mobile art and games, location-aware installations and environments, real-time mobile networking applications and systems, and mapping projects that utilize geo-spatially referenced data and / or satellite imagery.

The term is broadly associated with a variety of tools and techniques including mobile media and wireless network technologies, location-sensing technologies, and geo-spatial information systems. Laptop computers, mobile phones, RFID tags, ad hoc networking technologies (Bluetooth, WiFi, etc), personal digital assistants (PDAs), and geo-tagged media applications such as GoogleEarth, GoogleMaps, Flikr, etc. are all part of the common software and hardware associated with locative media. Locative media are also associated with mapping and navigational techniques and modes of spatial representation that utilize technologies ranging from global positioning satellite (GPS) to geographic information systems (GIS).
Locative media as a research area is inherently interdisciplinary and often brings together faculty and courses from Media Study, Architecture / Landscape, and Visual Studies to Computer Science, Sociology and Geography.

Special opportunities exist for students who wish to study locative media through research and collaboration with faculty in Media Study, Architecture, Visual Studies and Computer Science (Pervasive / Ubiquitous Computing and Human-Computer Interface Design).

At Media Study, a critical experimental approach to spatial practices is emphasized. Field work and embodied design processes are considered fundamental to the curriculum in locative media which includes regular field trips, site and community-based studios, and travel opportunities.

DMS Faculty in Locative Media:

Related Faculty in other departments:

  • Jordan Geiger (ARCH)
  • Omar Kahn (ARCH)