Leading media scholars consider the social and cultural changes that come with the contemporary development of ubiquitous computing.
Ubiquitous computing and our cultural life promise to become completely interwoven: technical currents feed into our screen culture of digital television, video, home computers, movies, and high-resolution advertising displays. Technology has become at once larger and smaller, mobile and ambient. In Throughout, leading writers on new media—including Jay David Bolter, Mark Hansen, N. Katherine Hayles, and Lev Manovich—take on the crucial challenges that ubiquitous and pervasive computing pose for cultural theory and criticism.
The thirty-four contributing researchers consider the visual sense and sensations of living with a ubicomp culture; electronic sounds from the uncanny to the unremarkable; the effects of ubicomp on communication, including mobility, transmateriality, and infinite availability; general trends and concrete specificities of interaction designs; the affectivity in ubicomp experiences, including performances; context awareness; and claims on the “real” in the use of such terms as “augmented reality” and “mixed reality.”
Ulrik Ekman is Associate Professor in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen. He is the organizer of the research network The Culture of Ubiquitous Information.
Matthew Fuller is Professor of Cultural Studies at the Digital Culture Unit, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of Media Ecologies: Materialist Energies in Art and Technoculture (MIT Press), Software Studies (MIT Press), and, with Andrew Goffey, of Evil Media (MIT Press) as well as Behind the Blip: Essays on the Culture of Software and other books.
Chock-full of timely meditations on what it is to be a body and an embodied self in an age of ubiquitous technical mediation, Throughout is the richest sort of lode. You'll nod, you'll jot down thoughts, you'll think of exceptions and argue back in the margins. A resoundingly useful resource.
Adam Greenfield, Managing Director, Urbanscale
This ground breaking collection is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the relationship between technology and culture in the next twenty years. The rich mix of approaches begins to define a field for understanding the world of pervasive media that is emerging out of ubiquitous computing.
Jonathan Dovey, Professor, Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England