All of the PLAN ICA event talks are available to download as audio MP3's here
The PLAN event at the ICA in London in 2005 was an intercontextual and interdisciplinary view of the emerging field of locative arts. It saw a number of contexts combined to give a forward looking view of the state of the art. It revealed connections and synergies and opportunities, as well tensions, contradictions and fears. Clearly locative and pervasive arts means different things to different groups. For those different groups to be able to see that outside of self-referential contexts presented an opportunity to challenge assumptions and move forward through discourse and collaboration.
Industry and formal, computer science led, research were represented, as were cultural studies, investigative journalistm, artists, activists, open source hackers, designers and anthropologists. All the different perspectives were given space to present and discuss. The audience was as diverse as the speaker list, with questions coming from a whole range of perspectives.
Since the first PLAN event at the ICA in 2005, locative and pervasive media have emerged as amongst the most significant areas of contemporary interest within arts and culture, as evidenced by the high proportion of locative and pervasive media projects shortlisted for the Prix Ars Electronica and UNESCO DigiArts award; the high proportion of locative and pervasive media projects featured in the ISEA2006 / ZeroOne San Jose festival; and the fact that during 2005-2006 almost every media art festival and organisation in the UK focused on this field, including Futuresonic, LoveBytes, Radiator, SPACE, and May You Live In Interesting Times.
The PLAN ICA event was curated by Steve Benford, Drew Hemment and Ben Russell
Matthew Chalmers Reader in Computer Science, University of Glasgow and Research Co-Director of the Kelvin Institute : Eyal Weizman Professor of architecture, Academy of fine arts in Vienna : Bill Gaver, RCA Royal College of Art : Sally Jane Norman, University of Newcastle : Cliff Randell, Equator Research Associate Department of Computer Science University of Bristol : Wilfried Hou Je Bek, Socialfiction.org : Matt Adams, Blast Theory : Giles Lane, Proboscis : Usman Haque, Haque Design + Research : Richard Hull, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories : Exyzt Collective, Exyzt.org : Julian Priest, Informal : Constance Fleuriot, University of Bristol : Jon Dovey, University of Bristol : Giulio Jacucci, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT), Advanced Research Unit (ARU) : Annika Waern, SICS - Swedish Institute of Computer Science : Rob Van Kranenburg, Virtual Platform : Pete Gomes, Architectural Association : Saul Albert, Twenteenthcentury, University of openess : Tapio Makela, m-cult : Minna Tarkka, m-cult : Naomi Spellman, U.C. San Diego : Brett Stalbaum, U.C. San Diego : Mara Traumane, RIXC : Jaanis Garancs, RIXC : Susan Kennard, The Banff New Media Institute, The Banff Centre. : Michael Longford, Concordia and MDCN
Duncan Campbell : Anne Galloway, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University : Teri Rueb : Katherine Moriwaki, Trinity College Dublin : Jo Walsh : Blip Interact Lab : Lalya Gaye, Future Applications Lab, Viktoria Institute : Martin Rieser, Bath Spa University College, School of Art and Design
Older PLAN documents
Original announcement and call (PDF)
Pervasive and Locative Arts Network (PLAN)