[NetBehaviour] Turbulence Commission: "Cell Tagging" by Brooke A. Knight

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November 3, 2006
Turbulence Commission: "Cell Tagging" by Brooke A. Knight

The mobile phone occupies a space that is both connecting and distancing.
Seemingly ubiquitous, it has become an increasingly powerful tool,
functioning as a phone, PDA, browser, and camera. With "Cell Tagging" it
becomes a remote control that allows users to dial, draw, and speak. After
dialing the number posted on the website, users are asked to enter a
zip/city code that is significant to them. An aerial map of that place loads
onto the screen. After choosing a color and brush size from the palette,
users can use their cell phone keypads to draw directly onto the map. They
are asked to speak into the phone and say why that place and drawing is
meaningful to them. Users can save their drawings to the "Cell Tagging"
database where others may view them. Cell phone users "graffiti" the
sound-space around them, making every place their own. "Cell Tagging"
literalizes this act of marking.

"Cell Tagging" is a 2006 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.,
(aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with
funding from the LEF Foundation.


Brooke A. Knight is an artist and educator who has been working with digital
media for over a dozen years. He has exhibited in over 40 international and
regional venues, including Art Interactive, Photographic Resource Center,
Mediaterra 2001, and Experimenta 02. His current areas of interest include
webcams, the landscape, and text in all forms. Knight's writings have been
published in Art Journal and Sandbox. He is an Assistant Professor in the
Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College, where he teaches
classes in interactive media.

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