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The Centre for Mobilties Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster University is developing with us the New Mobilities theme for FutureEverything 2011. CeMoRe studies and researches the newly emerging interdisciplinary field of 'mobilities': the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world.

The UK Telegraph has a post on how researchers think they will have a car on the road next year that can be driven by blind people. Although it uses nonvisual interfaces you have to ask yourself - would this be suitable for fast-reaction driving in such cities as London, New York, Istanbul, etc?? It's one thing to have developed the technology, its quite another to put it into real-time practice in some of the most difficult circumstances. Read on:

 
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It is not online yet, but one project that will be presented at FutureEverything 2011 is OurTravel. This mobile app enables people to create and share their own travel information with other travellers, and to create ‘social travel communities’ based on the journeys they take. It has been developed by computer scientists at InfoLab21 at Lancaster University, and the aim is to run an impact trial during the festival. Some of the things we want to look at are how can you create communities based on a shared journey, and does it change travel patterns, by leading to ride sharing, or more people on public transport.

 
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New Mobilities will be one of the themes at FutureEverything 2011, and here you can read how we use the festival as a living lab or play space - in 2011 we will be presenting art, design and technology projects on new mobilities and smart transport.

Reflecting on the way the FutureEverything festival transforms the city of Manchester England into a living lab or play space for participatory experiments on art, society and technology.

 
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Carmen :: In Morelia thinking about ways to balance sound and image. Thinking about Rothko’s black paintings, Stella’s black paintings, Reinhardt’s black paintings, the difference between darkness and Cageian silence, wondering if it would be possible to listen in the complete absence of light. What would such a state do to the sensation of listening?


The Wooloo New Life Residency

 
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Carmen :: Thanks to all who participated in Think Tank The Think Tank. It was a great discussion.

 
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Carmen :: This city is difficult, the smog, the lack of infrastructure, the heartbeaking poverty, and the pace of life itself can frustrate and exhaust the will. I had a chance to chat this morning with my good friend Anjali Srinivasan, she is now living in Dehli, another city plagued by similar problems. As we communicated over a clunky connection, I felt us descending into despair- even as we were discussing the exciting possibility of her new studio initiative on the beach in Dakshinachitra. Then for some reason, entirely off subject, I thought…but the metropolois inspires . It does- art sprouts everywhere.

 
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Carmen :: While planning a class field trip to Mexico City I discovered a number of institutions trafficking in New Media. Delicious.


La Habitación del Ruido


Laboratorio Arte Alameda


El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo

 
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Carmen :: The economic disparity here in Mexico is so extreme. I feel desperate and that my soul is eroding. The complexity of the international consumer culture that created this condition reminds me of my discussions with artist Rosalinda Gonzales as I prepared to wash her pick up truck in blood. A still from Blood Bath, digital video by Rosalinda Gonzales is pictured above.

 
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 Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things (2000)


Carmen :: Still thinking about this phrase “carnal presence.” It’s always a little bit shocking. It’s not really ever sexy- I don’t mean that kind of carnal. It’s the spell of the flesh- the essence of presence and as in the case of film or video it doesn’t always require the flesh to be presence. It’s the work of art, the imposition of itself.


Above and below are pictured Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things by Tino Sehgal.


 Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things (2000)