From Hybrid Spaces to Experiencing Augmented Places

by Matthias Korn at Mobile Life Centre, Stockholm, Sweden, November 23, 2011.

When mobile location-based systems interweave physical and digital spaces, augmented places emerge. I understand places as "the ways in which settings acquire recognizable and persistent social meaning in the course of interaction" (Dourish 2006: 299). Places attain an augmented quality through the superposition of two different modes of experience, expression and reflection. Based on case studies, I explore how physical and digital spaces are brought into connection and how this connection is experienced by users: To which extent are augmented places viewed as integrated wholes? How does technology mediate interaction with augmented places? In my presentation, I will address these questions drawing on three ongoing case studies.