Rethinking Sant Jordi through mobile poetry

mobilepoemes3gp.net is the official website of a project I developed along with Pablo Herrera (Colectivo Polito).

<MobilePOEMES3gp>  is project to rethink Sant Jordi. We decided it would be interesting to explore new forms of expression linked to this Catalan tradition of long standing. Finally, we wanted to propose a participatory platform, a device of persuasion to mobilize the residents of Sant Andreu to engage in a playful proposal. We wanted to create a distributed system that would escape the peer to peer logic of the traditional exchange: one rose, one book.

The technical setup came naturally as we decided the scope of the proposal.

Spreading the love around via mobile networks. The setup for <MobilePOEMES3gp> is:

  • An audiovisual recording system is set outside metro station La Sagrera. Citizen can stand in front of the camera and recite a poem, sing a song, make a declaration of love…
  • These short videos are filmed and compressed to a 3gp format straight away.
  • Videos are sent to the next station where a hot spot bluetooth will broadcast the contents to all those devices with bluetooth on.
  • Citizens will receive a lovely surprise in their mobile phones and send it via MMS or bluetooth to their loved ones 😉

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About Mara Balestrini

Mara Balestrini is Human Computer Interaction (HCI) expert and technology strategist.

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