Uses and ubiquity in video mobile phones

2011 Jacques Ibanez-Bueno, Tania Khalaf, Melinda Levin, Susan Squires, Jenny Vogel, « Uses and ubiquity in video mobile phones », Second International Visual Methods conference, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, 13-15 September 2011

This research has two objectives: to determining who is using video communication on smartphones and learning about the uses and users. We postulate that mobile phone use may create a sense of ubiquity. Where does the user imagine they are while on a video call: in the same place like the correspondent or a third and unreal place.

To understand the issues that underscore adoption, and explore the ubiquitous sense of place, our research will endeavor to:

  1. Describe use of this new communication technology to understand the form of adoption (or rejection) using a social and human sciences perspective (Squires 2002).
  2. Explore the potential existence of a ubiquitous reality associated with the uses of mobile media. The perspective is more phenomenological (Merleau-Ponty 1962) and more ethno-sensory (Pink 2009).
  3. Involve a filmic and artistic approach to produce representation of social use but also intimate practice.
  4. Produce images of mobile users and visual chats.

Our international interdisciplinary research team represents the University of North Texas (USA) and University of Savoy (France) and five different academic unit: Radio Television Film department; School of Design and Visual Arts, Department of Anthropology; Communication and Hypermedia Department; Image and Information Laboratory.

Jacques Ibanez BuenoG-SICA – IREGE Laboratory – University of Savoy (France)       Tania Khalaf – RTVF Department – University of North Texas (USA)                              Melinda Levin – RTVF Department – University of North Texas (USA)                                  Susan Squires – Department of Anthropology – University of North Texas (USA)            Jenny Vogel – College of Visual Arts and Design – University of North Texas (USA)

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