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In my current work, I investigate various ways to construct different forms of media into a system than can
that propel personal investigation into a larger social arena. Mobile art is no longer framed as a "practice" but
is integrated into everyday life, structured as an investigation relating to the idea of form. Using digital
technologies such as a cell phone portal, GPS navigation, wired and wireless networks as primary tools, the
work is dependent on physical movement and spatial behavior, which shifts the representational status that
is classically applied to the screen/surface of artistic representation to space and embodiment.
Street Spirit is a project that will use a constellation of makeshift memorials as a framework for a "memorial
walk" - a networked locative system for people to interact with, locate and annotate place. Through the
integration of web-based and cell phone participation with physical place, Street Spirit will mine the
memories associated with makeshift memorials for victims of fatal gunshot wounds that have become an all too-
familiar sight on the streets of Philadelphia. Last year more than half the victims--187 people--were
African-American men between the ages of 15 and 29. Through the intimate and personal vehicle of
storytelling, by engaging individuals to offer their own memories, associations and images, Street Spirit is a
vehicle to connect communities in their grief, and to give voice to deaths that are rarely even noted in the
newspaper. It is designed to enable a community's collective memory to grow organically, allowing ordinary
citizens to embed social knowledge in the wired and wireless landscape of the city.
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