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Pixelating Reality: How Smartphones Shift Now @SXSW

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This presentation is being shared as a Core Conversation at 2014 SXSW Interactive: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP24245. Many of us carry smartphones wherever we go. Increasingly, we are leaning on them as active and passive gathering devices of data and images. Google Glass and other recording devices bring the question further front and center—how is our recording and perpetually digitally checking in affecting our everyday lives? How are those check-ins and recordings shifting our being "present" in our shared Now and Here? Are we increasingly taking the opportunity to be digitally Elsewhere and not Present? How can we design locations and events to engage with a smartphone-embracing public?

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Pixelating Reality: How Smartphones Shift Now @SXSW

  1. PIXELATING REALITY Dr. Gigi Johnson @gigijohnson @maremel How Smartphones Shift NOW …and HERE #sxsw #NotHereNow
  2. LIFE AT THE LOUVRE
  3. Pixelating Reality
  4. Decoding/ Recoding
  5. NOT PRIVACY QUESTION (HERE) PUBLIC SPACE ENGAGEMENT AND INTERACTION
  6. SMARTPHONE AND US
  7. Flickr/Steppschuh cc 2.0 Mobile: A Remote Control for Our Life
  8. MOBILE: EXTENSION OF SELF OR BRAIN Memory extender Supplement or substitute Flickr/Steve Rainwater cc 2.0
  9. YOUR EXPERIENCES?
  10. Me Device Location/Context CONTEXT AND MENTAL TIME TRAVEL Near Future Near Past
  11. Evidence for unseen Others •not present/HERE but Near FUTURE Sensory engagement with device content •Not present but HERE from near PAST •ElseWHERE and ElseWHEN 2 FACTORS: PHOTOGRAPHY AS PERFORMANCE & SENSORY CO-ATTENTION/PRESENCE
  12. “Recently, photography has become almost as widely practiced an amusement as sex and dancing…” -- Susan Sontag, 1977 Not New…
  13. BROWNIE CAMERA: 1900 Cosmopolitan Magazine June 1900
  14. MOBILE IDEATION: 1999 Mobile communications device with a camera Abstract The invention pertains to a mobile communications device with a camera, comprising a microphone (5), loudspeaker, display, keyp
  15. 2003: WORRIED ABOUT PRINTING Digital Camera Ownership 20% of US Households 45% of US Internet HH 82% of digital camera users print photos at home (InfoTrends Research Group)
  16. 2011-2013: SHIFT TO MOBILE CAMERAS • 2007: 100 million peak in digital cameras • 2012: 98 million • 2013: 30% drop to 63 million • 2014: 20% drop forecast • (Source: CIPA) 2013: est. 32% increase in smartphone sales (source: IDC)
  17. WE SHARE...A LOT •Facebook: 250 billion photos • 350 million uploads a day •Flickr: 8 billion photos •Instagram: 16 billion photos •Tumblr: 50 billion posts
  18. SOCIAL ROLES OF PERSONAL PHOTOS Remembering &Recall Communication & Identity Self- Presentation Family Life Negotiation Sharing Experiences vs. Objects Reconnect (a la postcards) Identity Formation
  19. EXPERIENCE AS EVIDENCE Overheard at the Los Angeles Disney Concert Hall when the usher asked the patron to not take a picture: “How can I show people that I am here if I don’t have a picture?”
  20. •Saving without Context? •Tagging passively with dates and geotags? Saving Now for Later?
  21. SELFIES AS MULTICULTURAL SOCIAL NORMS Dec. 2013, Mandela Funeral, Getty Images, NY Daily News
  22. March 2014, twitter.com/theellenshow pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap
  23. PHIL’S PHOTO • Have phone extension cord
  24. HOW DO YOU SEE LOCATIONS EMBRACING OR ENGAGING WITH MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY?
  25. SOCIAL CONSUMPTION BEFORE ....VS. NOW PUBLIC & FRAGMENTED Flickr/kballard cc 2.0
  26. FoMO FEAR OF MISSING OUT …making the wrong decision on how to use our time...
  27. Source: Wikimedia/Czar
  28. HOW DO YOU SEE PERSONAL SCREENS USED IN SOCIAL SETTINGS?
  29. CONCERTS
  30. "See, you can't even sing because you're too busy taping!" Beyonce told a fan in July. "I'm right in your face baby, You gotta seize this moment baby! Put that damn camera down!“ -- USA Today, 2013
  31. HOLLYWOOD BOWL
  32. PUBLIC SPACES
  33. WORKING EVERYWHERE
  34. TRADITIONAL EDUCATION Flickr/Accretion Disc cc 2.0
  35. FAMILY AND FRIENDS
  36. HOW DO WE DESIGN FOR LIVE SPACES? Implied Other Twitterwalls – awkward, pschophantic Virtual attendance Signage – providing context, implied metadata
  37. PERSONAL INTENTIONALITY Norms & Negotiations Long-Term Social Impact Cultural Impact
  38. Context Me Device Collaboration Location/Context RETHINK CONTEXT: • RETHINK ROLES • RETHINK FLOWS • DESIGN FOR COLLABORATORS
  39. CAN WE FOLD TIME? •Bring our past contexts and stories • History Pin • History Harvest • Findery •Leave our current stories for future collaborators
  40. HOW CAN WE RETHINK ROLES AND CONTEXT?
  41. INVITE NEW CONVERSATIONS
  42. FOR FURTHER CONVERSATION(S) Gigi Johnson, EdD Maremel Institute @maremel @gigijohnson http://maremel.com

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