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© 2002-03, Christa SOMMERER & Laurent MIGNONNEAU

Keywords

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Information
Cite
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Archive of Digital Art (ADA). “(collective) Sommerer / Mignonneau - »Mobile Feelings l«”. https://www.digitalartarchive.at/database/general/work/mobile-feelings-l.html (retrieved 2020-04-11). @online{ADAartistprofile, author = {Archive of Digital Art (ADA)}, title = {(collective) Sommerer / Mignonneau - »Mobile Feelings l«}, url = {https://www.digitalartarchive.at/database/general/work/mobile-feelings-l.html}, urldate = {retrieved 2020-04-11}
Technology
Hardware
6 Mobile Feelings devices (Pumpkins)
6 Podiums
6 Battery chargers
1 room
Interface
6 Real fresh or dried pumpkins
6 battery operated bluetooth oximeter interface transceiver with physical heart beat actuator and breathing sensor and actuators (in house)
Software
Real time transmission and reception of users’ heart pulses over bluetooth
Real time transmission and reception of users’ breathing over bluetooth
Descriptions & Essays
2002/03 tangible communication device "Mobile Feelings" is an artistic project that explores the ambivalence of sharing personal information with an anonymous audience. Instead of communication via voice or images to people we know, "Mobile Feelings" lets people communicate with strangers through virtual touch and body sensations including smell and sweat using specially designed mobile phones. As opposed to application-based systems in the area of "affective computing" [1], "wearable computing" [2], "robotic user interfaces" [3] and tactile interfaces for handheld devices [4], "Mobile Feelings" aims to create unusual and unsettling sensations of sharing private body sensations with complete strangers over a mobile phone network.
Christa Sommerer 13-11-2020
Mobile Feelings Concept

text originally published in: CODE The Language of our Time, Ars Electronica 2003, Hantje Cantz Verlag, pp. 258-261.

Background

Mobile phones have intruded our daily lives like hardly any other technology since the television and the desktop computer. While mobile phone users are generally glad to embrace the enormous advantages of being reachable any-time and any-where, a reduced sense of privacy combined with the involuntary witnessing of anonymous people’s private businesses has created a strange and sometimes awkward form of self-awareness and attention towards others. Mobile phones have transformed ordinary people into actors who narrate their most private details on the theatrical stages of train stations, restaurants, public spaces, streets, meeting areas, and any other social gathering places.

Concept

"Mobile Feelings" is an artistic project that explores the ambivalence of sharing personal information with an anonymous audience. Instead of communication via voice or images to people we know, "Mobile Feelings" lets people communicate with strangers through virtual touch and body sensations including smell and sweat using specially designed mobile phones.

As opposed to application-based systems in the area of “affective computing” [1], “wearable computing” [2], “robotic user interfaces” [3] and tactile interfaces for handheld devices [4], “Mobile Feelings” aims to create unusual and unsettling sensations of sharing private body sensations with complete strangers over a mobile phone network.

Description

Users at the Ars Electronica are provided with specially equipped "Mobile Feelings" phone devices that resemble organic or bodily shapes. These devices host miniature bio-sensors and actuators that capture the users' heartbeat, blood volume pressure and pulse, skin conductivity, sweat and smell. All data can be sent to other anonymous users who can perceive and feel these most private sensations through actuators, vibrators, ventilators, micro-electromechanical and micro-bio-electrochemical systems which are also embedded in each "Mobile Feelings" device.

"Mobile Feelings" devices communicate with each other through a standard mobile phone network and users can move around freely to use their devices anywhere and anytime just like normal mobile phones.

Besides capturing and transmitting the various body data, the "Mobile Feelings" devices also display images of the other connected users. When a user touches her device and selects one of the displayed persons, she can receive this person’s body sensations, through for example a tickle, a vibration, a small wind or humidity, a pulse, a push or a slight stroke, creating a strange and perhaps erotic ambiguity.

Mobile Art for Daily Life

“Mobile Feelings” works anywhere and anytime and the physical location of people becomes completely irrelevant.

"Mobile Feelings" proposes an art form is this not any more location- or context based but instead becomes integrated into people’s daily lives.

“Mobile Feelings” is an artistic project that investigates how technology has transformed our social and individual lives [5] and how we have accepted a reduced sense of privacy in exchange for connectivity and mobility. The project also explores how the sense of “touch” still remains one of our most private sensations, which we often avoid to share with strangers [6] and still lack a concise language to describe [7].

Finally, “Mobile Feelings” explores novel forms of mobile communications that might as well include smell and sweat as more private ways of “feeling and communicating with each other over distance.” In our aim to get media art off the walls and out into people’s lives, “Mobile Feelings” presents another step towards the merging of art, life and society.

References:

[1] Picard, R. W. and Klein, J. 2002. “Computers that Recognise and Respond to User Emotion: Theoretical and Practical Implications,” In: Interacting with Computers, 14, 2.

[2] Mann, S. 1997. “Wearable Computing: A First Step Toward Personal Imaging,” In: Computer, Vol. 30, No. 2, February 1997

[3] Sekiguchi, D., Inami, M., Kawakami, N., Maeda, T., Yanagida, Y. and Tachi S. 2001. “RobotPHONE: RUI for Interpersonal Communication,” In: Siggraph’01 Conference Abstracts and Applications, ACM Siggraph, p.134.

[4] Poupyrev, I., Maruyama, S. and Rekimoto, J. 2002. “Ambient Touch: Designing tactile interfaces for handheld devices,” In: UIST'2002. ACM. p. 51-60.

[5] Plant, S. 2001. “On the Mobile: the Effects of Mobile Telephones on Social and Individual Life,” Study report for Motorola Inc.

[6] Stenslie, S. 1996. “Wiring the Flesh: Towards the Limits and Possibilities of the Virtual Body,” In: Ars Electronica'96. Memesis. The Future of Evolution. Vienna/New York: Springer Verlag.

[7] Heller, M. A. and Schiff, W. (Eds.) 1991. The Psychology of Touch. Hillsdale, NJ.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Christa Sommerer: Mobile Feelings l, 13-11-2020, in: Archive of Digital Art
Literature
Stocker, Gerfried and Christine Schöpf, ed. Ars Electronica 2003: Code -The Language of our Time. Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 2003.