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writing: MCN2011 – Public Space Storytelling Through Personal Mobile Devices, slides (take 1)

There will be a “take 2″ to this post, and here’s why:

The presentation documentation is not entirely self-explanatory, and it will take me a bit longer to write a short piece that summarizes the talk. (The presentation contained, almost exclusively, images and quotes; I did not include summary texts within the slides.) However, I wanted to post a reference presentation as soon as possible. I quoted 20 different people through the course of the presentation, some from multiple writing sources, and I presume that part of the audience request for slide access may have been a request for these quote references. So, I decided to post the presentation in stages rather than wait until I finished the summary post.

But, (another however) I allow access to this 5MB low resolution version with a few caveats.

One, most of the images look terrible. I passionately ask you to not reference this iteration of the presentation for image quality. For this version, I also created a sometimes awkward white border along the bottom of all the slides. This allowed me to include reference links for all the images. It was more important to me to credit all sources properly than to maintain perfect reference visuals; in the next iteration, this will appear more visually clean.

Two, some of the reference links – when auto-clicked within the .pdf – do not link to the proper urls. I will fix this within the next iteration. Until then, please copy and paste the link into your browser. I’ve also uploaded all of the personal images I used here.

I hope to have the “take 2″ iteration of this post, including an optimized .pdf of the presentation, finished as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

writing: MCN2011 – Public Space Storytelling Through Personal Mobile Devices, bibliography/references

At the conclusion of my presentation for the 2011 Museum Computer Network annual conference, I agreed to post both the slides and bibliography from my talk. Because the bibliography is extensive, I will post the slides and references within two separate posts. I’ve broken the list into references to books and articles, Implementation related sites, and other project references.

The books and articles group is listed alphabetically by author. The other project references group is listed in the order in which they appeared in the presentation. I’ve included links, when applicable, to the many pieces that can be accessed online:


Bolter, Jay David, and Richard Grusin. Remediation: Understanding New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999.

Chandler, Annmarie, and Norie Neumark, eds. At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.

Drucker, Johanna. “Interactive, Algorithmic, Networked: Aesthetics of New Media Art.” At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet. Ed. Annmarie Chandler and Norie Neumark. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.

Fullerton, Tracy. “Masterful Play.” Kill Screen 1.4 (2011): 36-38.

Gibson, William. Spook Country. New York: Berkley Books, 2008.

Kaprow, Allan. Some Recent Happenings. New York: Something Else Press, 1966. Reprinted by ubuclassics, 2004. 18 Nov. 2011 http://www.ubu.com/historical/gb/kaprow_recent.pdf.

Kaprow, Allan. How to Make a Happening. 1966. 18 Nov. 2011 http://www.ubu.com/historical/kaprow/Kaprow-Allan_How-To-Make-a-Happening.pdf.

Lewitt, Sol. “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art.” Artforum 5.10 (1967): 79-83. 18 Nov. 2011 http://www.tufts.edu/programs/mma/fah188/sol_lewitt/paragraphs%20on

Ling, Rich. New Tech, New Ties: How Mobile Communication Is Reshaping Social Cohesion. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.

Ling, Rich. “The social juxtaposition of mobile telephone conversations and public spaces.” 2002. 18 Nov. 2011 http://www.richardling.com/papers/2002_juxtaposition_public_spaces.pdf.

Manovich, Lev. “Database as Symbolic Form.” 2001. 18 Nov. 2011 http://transcriptions.english.ucsb.edu/archive/courses/warner/english197/

Nake, Frieder. “The Semiotic Engine: Notes on the History of Algorithmic Images in Europe.” Art Journal 68.1 (2009): 77-89.

Neuhaus, Max. “Notes on Place and Moment.” Max Neuhaus: Sound Works, vol. I, Inscription. Ostfildern-Stuttgart:Cantz, 1994. 18 Nov. 2011 http://www.max-neuhaus.info/soundworks/vectors/place/notes/.

Ratcliffe, Stephen. “Reading ‘sound’.” Jacket2. 20 Oct. 2011. 18 Nov. 2011 https://jacket2.org/article/reading-sound.

Slayton, Joel. “Foreword.” At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet. Ed. Annmarie Chandler and Norie Neumark. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.

Smithson, Robert. “Provisional Theory of Non-Sites.” Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings. Ed. Jack Flam. Berkeley: University of California Press,1996. 18 Nov. 2011 http://www.robertsmithson.com/essays/provisional.htm.

Tedeschi, Bob. “Seeing the World Around You Through Your Phone.” New York Times. 28 July 2010. 18 Nov. 2011 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/technology/personaltech/29smart.html.

Wallace-Wells, David. “William Gibson, The Art of Fiction No. 11.” The Paris Review. Summer 2011. 18 Nov. 2011 http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/6089/the-art-of-fiction-no-211-william-gibson.

Whyte, William H. The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. New York: Project for Public Spaces, 2001.

Wodiczko, Krzysztof. Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999.


Nick Montfort and Scott Rettberg
Implementation project site
Times Square sticker
Riez France sticker
Mapping in Bergen
Implementation flickr account


Thinc Design, Infinite Variety, Gapminder Game, and National September 11 Memorial Museum references

Bruce Weber, Russell Senate Building exhibit reference

Max Neuhaus, Round: Sound for Concave Surfaces

Area/Code, Sharkrunners and the Big Games Manifesto

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller at Luhring Augustine

Golan Levin, Gregory Shakar, Scott Gibbons, Yasmin Sohrawardy, Joris Gruber, Erich Semlak, Gunther Schmidl, Joerg Lehner, and Jonathan Feinberg, Dialtones (A Telesymphony)

Robert Adrian X, Die Welt in 24 Stunden

Casey Reas and Tal Rosner, Chronograph

Dear Photograph

Moveable Feast


Nick Montfort, Curveship

Photojojo post of Léo Caillard images

exhibits (Thinc Design): Infinite Variety for the American Folk Art Museum

From March 25 – 30, 2011, Joanna Rose’s collection of 651 red and white quilts were displayed at the Park Avenue Armory. Mrs. Rose imagined Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts as a gift to the city (along with the amazing gift of the installation itself, the admission was free), and the reception to the installation was extraordinary. Nearly 25,000 visitors attended the show within its 6 day run, breaking the Armory’s attendance records. The immense press attention included multiple articles in the New York Times, two pieces in the Wall Street Journal, Metropolis, The Last Magazine, the Financial Times, and Martha Stewart – both on her blog and a segment on her show. Also, an app was created by a team assembled by David S. Rose and can be found in the iTunes and Android stores.

The Thinc team began working closely with the American Folk Art Museum team after presenting the concept to the Museum and Mrs. Rose in spring 2010. This was an amazing group effort, and nearly a dozen people contributed along the way. The core Thinc team also consisted of Tom Hennes, Steve Shaw, Aki Shigemori, and Bix Biederbeck. We were all a part of the design concept team; for the run of the project, I oversaw the management, production, coordination, and client communication. We worked with Paul Palazzo for the beautiful lighting, and John Wolf’s team at PRG fabricated the elements and executed the installation build, breakdown, and maintenance for the run of the show. John and Paul worked closely with us on the planning to ensure that we could complete the installation in less than 72 hours.

I’m in the midst of editing timelapse footage that Tom Hennes shot throughout the installation. A preview of what we’ll be posting was recently posted by WNYC as part of an article on the show:

Watching the PRG team install was remarkable. I left the first day of install wanting to run off to train to become a climbing rigger. (Beyond the cranes, look for the men in the rafters in the image below.)