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Screen Cultures and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre present The Prosaic Image: Cultural Patterns in Ubiquitous Media Use
This paper will outline the research approach to a recently completed project on ubiquitous media use in Hong Kong, focusing especially on camera phone images, describing an approach that draws upon ethnographic method, visual analysis and pattern recognition in order to identify significant transformations in vernacular image uses and content in ubiquitous devices.
The presentation will suggest the significance of these changes as an instance of a specific everyday creativity (a 'general aesthesia') that transcends the designed uses of devices, pinpointing what Mark Weiser referred to as the overlooked ‘non-technical part of what ubiquitous computing is all about’. This, as Weiser saw it, has profound implications for the design of technology. The research argues that ubiquitous media and user-created content establish a new perception of the world that can be called ‘particulate vision’, involving a different relation to reality that better represents the atomization of contemporary experience especially apparent in social media.
Helen Grace is an artist who has been active in cinema, photography, cultural studies and education in Australia and Asia for 30 years and is widely published. After many years teaching at the University of Western Sydney and UTS, she moved to Hong Kong in 2006 where she established the successful MA Programme in Visual Culture Studies at Chinese University of Hong Kong – the first programme of its kind in Hong Kong.
For the last two years she has been a Visiting Professor at National Central University in Taiwan and has just returned to Australia. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Art Gallery of Western Australia as well as private collections. She authored the CD-ROM, Before Utopia: A Non-Official Prehistory of the Present (2000) and co-authored Home/World: Space, Community and Marginality in Sydney’s West (Pluto Press, 1997). She edited the collection Aesthesia and the Economy of the Senses (UWS, 1996), and co-edited Planet Diana: Cultural Studies & Global Mourning (1997). Her new book, Culture, Aesthetics and Affect in Ubiquitous Media: The Prosaic Image (Routledge, 2014) has just been published.