Articles and Talks

Book Chapter

“On Common Ground: Here as there”

Chapter published in Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media, Routledge 2011 and The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies, Routledge 2013, Editor: Jason Farman

Many mobile and locative media projects testify to the power of these emerging wireless and networked systems to introduce narrative as a way to augment, annotate, or add historical richness to public spaces. These projects transform participants into story bearers who keep the narratives of the unique character, histories, and local experiences of a place alive. But there is also the potential for mobile and locative media to change one’s relationship to a place by introducing distant events or circumstances onto local spaces and making events that are happening elsewhere highly relevant to the immediate, local space.

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Published Essays & Articles

“City to City: Revealing Place to Place”

Isea2015: Paper presentation [Session 8-Exploring Culture through Visualization and Interaction.” ]

This paper discusses “City to City,” is an interactive artwork that visualizes the geography of the internet, from place to place, and allows individuals to see their own unique participation in it. In addition, the work reveals the invisible infrastructure of place to place connections, and our dependency on it, as it forms the foundation for all of our daily online lives. The project was produced as the culminating artwork from my year-long fellowship sponsored by Zero1, San Jose, California (2013-14).

City-to-City was developed in collaboration:
Paula Levine (Lead Researcher, Concept & Design), Lee Periolat (Lead Software Engineer), William Hsu (Sound Design & Software), Magee Mooney (Technical Consultant)

“Shadows from another place: Transposed Spaces”

Media in Transition 4: The Work of Stories – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – International Conference, Cambridge, MA, May, 2005

This paper discusses Shadows from another place a series of hypothetical mappings, both web based and site specific, that use Global Positioning System (GPS) to imagine the impact of political or cultural changes taking place in one location upon another. These hybrid mappings are created by shadowing distant events, overlaying the impact of political and cultural traumas, such as wars or shifts in borders or boundaries, upon local landscapes. Collapsing “foreign” and “domestic”, these maps bridge local and global, and allow walkers/viewers to experience spatial and narrative contiguity between separate and distant locations.

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“Seeing the past in present tense: Working thoughts on monuments”

Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, Fall/Winter 2004, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p9

How can communities cast and recast their commemorative sites to develop ideological and historical stewardship, fusing knowledge with experience? What ]kinds of innovative and systematic interventions and structures are necessary to ensure that the monument or other commemorative “will not become an obsolete marker of a disconnected past, but an agent of consciousness in achanging world”?

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“Improbable Monuments – Unlikely commemoratives in the newest public space”

Introductory essay to the exhibition of “Improbable Monuments – web-based public commemoratives”. In conjunction with the exhibition: Monument Recall: Public space, monuments and public memory, SF Camerawork Gallery, Oct-Nov 2004

“‘Everything you are about to see is entirely subjective’: The subject under scrutiny in two installations by Jan Peacock”

Reader By The Window – Selected Works By Jan Peacock, Presentation House Gallery Publications, North Vancouver,  BC, 2000 

…what is our role in authenticating history? How do we relate to events that co-exist with us in time but not in geographical or physical space? What constitutes this ‘experience’ we witness filtered through media? What is included or omitted when produced by a culturally bound, corporate and solipsistic media system? Is the answer in attempting to differentiate the mediated experience from an unmediated one? Can we create an ‘authentic’ experience? Does it exist? Did it ever exist?

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“Crime-Z-land: An interactive public installation by Stephen Wilson”

CTheory, January 13, 1999

Crime-Z-land is a complex layering of technological and conceptual components and functions as a provocative and ironic work. It creates a public space where crime masquerades as entertainment; the site’s theme park facade serves to mask its serious intent. Crime-Z-land raises questions concerning nature and definition of crime, prompting discussion on the roles, degree of complacency, and responsibility of citizens.

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“‘My teeth are in slivers’: A calling from the other side of trauma”

Radio Rethink: Art, Sound and Transmission Editors: Daina Augaitis and Dan Lander, Banff Centre Press,1994

As in her previous work on domestic violence, the language of My Teeth are in Slivers is in the language of the body’s interior – private recollections and descriptions of the struggle away from trauma and pain made audible to public ears as a way to make the experience habitable by others.

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  • On Common Ground

    | Jewish Identity and the Arts, Conney Conference for Jewish Studies, 2011. [Video Archive]

  • “Far as near: Locative media and empathic spaces.”

    | Citycentered Symposium: Locative media and urban community, KQED, SF, 2010

  • Keynote:”Far as near”

    | Interactive Futures 09: Conference on immersive techniques, illusionary space and telepresence, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, 2009

  • “The Wall”

    | Photo Alliance, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco,CA, 2009

  • “The wall: Performing conflicts”

     | Performing Histories/Inscribing Jewishness, Conney Conference, Mosse-Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, for Jewish Studies, 2009. [Video Archive]

  • Artists Remember – Flight 93

     | With Susan SchwartzenbergPresentation, YLEM Forum, SF, CA, 2006

  • “Simulated Space”

     | Practicing Jews: Art, Identity and Culture, Conney Conference for Jewish Study University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2007. [Video Archive]

  • “Radical mapping in radical times-Transposed Spaces”

     | ZeroOne ISA Conference, San Jose, CA, 2006

  • “On Mobile Narratives”

     | Artist talk, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, NS, Canada 2005

  • “On Signature”

     | Artist talk on commissioned installationForce of Nature- 1906 Earthquake Centennial Exhibition, Sonoma Country Museum, Santa Rosa, CA, 2006

  • “By Common Consent:  On Monuments, Memory and Public Spaces”

     | Curator Talk, Reed College, Portland, OR 2005

  • Shadows from another place: San Francisco <-> Baghdad

     | Panel on Mobile Narratives. “Media in Transition 4: The Work of Stories,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology-International Conference, Cambridge, MA, 2005. [Download PDF]