Hana Iverson is a media artist with a conceptual grounding in photography and portable/wearable media, with a focus on networked communities and wireless technologies. In her public art practice and her education initiative, Neighborhood Narratives, she employs the neighborhood as social practice to explore questions about place, embodiment, and social engagement inside of mobile and other alternative forms of distribution. Iverson approaches the educational environment as a communications network, situating conventional disciplines of media and art production within structures of social exchange. An important aspect of this model is its position both inside and outside of the academy and the extension of the classroom to the city, locally and internationally, via social computing and physical interfaces. The Neighborhood Narratives Project has been hosted at Temple University, New York University, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick and Dexel University and networked between New York, Philadelphia, London, Rome and Tokyo. Iverson’s media works have been widely exhibited across North American and in Europe and she has been a keynote speaker, guest artist and/or lecturer at several international conferences as well as authored and co-authored several chapters and articles on Locative Media. She is the Visiting Scholar, Institute for Women & Art, Rutgers University – New Brunswick, a Senior Fellow with the Center for Creative Research, New York University and former director of the New Media Interdisciplinary Concentration at the School of Communications and Theater, Temple University. Iverson holds a Master’s Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University. She is also Senior Research Fellow and former co-Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University (UK) and founding co-editor of the international journal Mobilities. She received her A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard University, and her MA and PhD in Sociology and Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research, and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for African and Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan. She has held recent Visiting Fellowships in the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University (2008-09); Media@McGill in Montreal (2009); the Center for Mobility and Urban Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark (2009); and the Penn Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-11).
Sheller is internationally recognized as a leading theorist in the field of mobilities research. She is the author of 6 books, including co-editor with John Urry of Mobile Technologies of the City (Routledge, 2006), Tourism Mobilities: Places to Play, Places in Play (Routledge, 2004), and a special issue of Environment and Planning A on ‘Materialities and Mobilities’. In addition to an extensive body of work in Caribbean studies, her current work concerns reconfigurations of mobility and public space, mobile communication and locative media, and mobility justice and the ethics of mobility in relation to both urban infrastructure and trans-border US-Caribbean spaces. Her forthcoming books include Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom (Duke University Press, 2012), Aluminum Dreams: Speed, Lightness and Modernity (MIT Press, forthcoming), and work in progress on Virtual Caribbeans.
Jeremy Hight‘s work covers a range of fields including media artist, theorist, designer, writer, editor and curator. His background in science and art has come to combine poetics, locative media, augmented reality and aesthetics. His essay “Narrative Archaeology” was named one of the four primary texts in locative media and he created one of the early locative narratives in the project “34 North 118 West.” He is new media curator and a contributing editor for Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA). He was co-director of ISEA Istanbul and is currently advising six Italian universities on locative media curriculum, conferences and concepts. His works in different fields have been shown in museums, galleries and festivals internationally as well as in locations in the landscape. Carizzo Parkfield Diaries”, in collaboration with Christina Mcphee and Sindee Nakatani, is in the permanent digital collection of the Whitney Museum. He has published over thirty essays, articles and book chapters on locative media, new media, augmented reality, interface design, immersive educational tools, spatial internet applications, language theory and art.