Portage: Locative, streetscape art

Yu Kai Geoffrey Shea

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingConference article published in proceeding or bookAcademic researchpeer-review


Portage is an aesthetic, technical and social research project which has, as one of its outcomes, publicly installed interactive artworks, activated largely through mobile phones. We have created a number of interactions that facilitate both haptic and digitally mediated experiences. Users choose among a range of activities that are completed individually or in collaboration: playing musical instruments via mobile devices, viewing themselves as video surveillance subjects, or setting off a series of visual and aural feedback loops based on the presence of mobile devices. The experiences created go beyond cell phones; they include elements of sculpture, performance and other forms of site specificity or locativity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMM'08 - Proceedings of the 2008 ACM International Conference on Multimedia, with co-located Symposium and Workshops
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event16th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM '08 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: 26 Oct 200831 Oct 2008


Conference16th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM '08
CityVancouver, BC


  • Art
  • Instrument
  • Interactive
  • Locative
  • Mobile
  • Music

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

Cite this