Mobile Media & Cultural Heritage

Fachmodul
Lecturer: Joatan Preis Dutra
Credits: 6 ECTS, 2 SWS
Date: Tuesdays, 14:30 - 16:45h (every two weeks)
Venue: Marienstraße 7b, Room TBA
First meeting: presumably on 18 April 2016 to be confirmed


Description

This course is designed for media students who are interested in an introduction about how the mobile media are present in our society, and how it interacts with public urban spaces, and how it can be related to cultural heritage content, through mobile devices gadgets.

Nowadays, mobile technology is present on most part of people’s daily life and belongs to the people’s routine.

If the technology can bring the world in a small scale of a mobile screen by enhancing the museums and galleries possibilities, the portable technology can also add elements to the real world, changing the perception of urban spaces and its cultural heritage content. There are no more limitations about space, neither about the opening hours to provide to the visitors a complete and empowered cultural experience.

A mobile App could also work for ICT for tourism, and Weimar is a perfect applied scenario to develop touristic apps, dealing with UNESCO’s World Heritage places in Weimar.

This course also has an important practical part, where the students will learn Mobile Interface guidelines, developing a mock-up app prototype for UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in Weimar.

This course is an invitation to theoretical and practical perspectives to observe mobile media and in urban scenarios, addressed for cultural purposes. It is a methodological and creative approach to analyze the mobile media role for cultural heritage.

IMPORTANT: You don't need previous knowledge in Android, iOS or even any type of programming skills. This class is more focused on the design and navigation aspects.

Target Group

Master students in the Faculty of Media

  • Media Art and Design, MFAMaster of Fine Arts – graduate students will receive this degree
  • MediaArchitecture
  • Media Management
  • Computer Science and Media
  • Media Culture

(Bachelor students are welcome, despite the class will be in English)

Language

The course and activities will be held in the English language.

Registration Procedure

Please send your application by email with:
* Subject: Mobile Media and Cultural Heritage WS15 to: joatan.preis.dutra (at) uni-weimar.de
* Name (Family Name), Surname (Given Name)
* Program and semester (Studienprogramm und Fachsemester)
* Matriculation number (Matrikelnummer)
* Valid email address @uni-weimar.de (no other mailing addresses will be accepted) Why?

Grading

  • 60% Presentation of the app prototype (photoshop, html, etc)
  • 40% submission of a short paper (3 to 5 pages, ACM or APA Style)

- Participation on side activities will reflect the final grade.

Schedule and Files

  • TBA

References - Selected Readings

1. Digital / New Media

2. Mobile Culure

  • Pachler, N., Bachmair, B., Cook, J., & Kress, G. (2009). Mobile Learning: Structures, Agency, Practices. Springer. ISBN 978-1-4419-0584-0
  • Poels, K., de Kort, Y., & Ijsselsteijn, W. (2007). “It is always a lot of fun!”: exploring dimensions of digital game experience using focus group methodology. Proceedings of the 2007 Conference on Future Play_: November 14-17, 2007, Toronto, Canada (pp. 83-89). New York N.Y.: ACM. Retrieved from http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1328202.1328218
  • Ronchi, A. M. (2009). eCulture : cultural content in the digital age. Dordrecht; London: Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-75273-8
  • Samkange-Zeeb, F., & Blettner, M. (2008). Emerging aspects of mobile phone use. Emerging Health Threats Journal, 2. doi:10.3134/ehtj.09.005. Retrieved from http://www.eht-journal.net/index.php/ehtj/article/view/7082/7947
  • Straubhaar, J., LaRose, R., & Davenport, L. (2011). Media now: understanding media, culture, and technology (7th ed.). Boston MA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-1-4390-8257-7

3. Urban Spaces

  • Brighenti, A. M. (2010). New Media and the Prolongations of Urban Environments. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 16(4), 471-487. doi:10.1177/1354856510375528. Retrieved from http://con.sagepub.com/content/16/4/471
  • Champion, E. (2011). Playing with the past. Springer-Verlag New York Inc. ISBN 978-1-84996-500-2
  • Eckardt, F., & Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. (2008). Media and urban space: understanding, investigating and approaching mediacity. Berlin: Frank & Timme. ISBN 9783865961426 (Read online at http://openisbn.com/preview/3865961428/)
  • Hannerz, U. (1980). Exploring the city: inquiries toward an urban anthropology. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-2310-8376-8
  • McQuire, S. (2008). The media city: media, architecture and urban space. Los Angeles Calif.: Sage. ISBN 9781412907934

4. Methodology

5. Interface Design Guidelines for mobile platforms