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:
- Describe use of this new communication technology to understand the form of adoption (or rejection) using a social and human sciences perspective (Squires 2002).
- 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).
- Involve a filmic and artistic approach to produce representation of social use but also intimate practice.
- 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 Bueno – G-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)