111 The Bike Box - ARIS - Mobile Learning Experiences
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Created By: Sabine Gruffat & Bill Brown

Project Home: http://www.sabinegruffat.com/BIKEBOX/

BIKE BOX is a participatory locative media project and database created by Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown. Using open-source software, participants will be able to listen to and contribute geotagged audio that relates or responds to specific locations in Brooklyn, New York: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and along the waterfront. The audio can take any form, including (but not limited to) sound art, personal anecdotes, field recordings, radical histories, experimental music, or audio interviews.

BIKE BOX will be at Devotion Gallery in Brooklyn from July 16th – 25th, 2010. Three technology-enhanced bicycles available to the public will allow users to connect to the project database and hear sounds geocoded for specific locations in the target area. People with iPhones may also download the free BIKE BOX application at the gallery. An installation inside the gallery will allow visitors to listen to audio from the BIKE BOX database and to track the progress of BIKE BOX users in real time as they ramble and roll through Brooklyn.

Bike Box is a mobile-media bicycle library and interactive installation housed at Devotion Gallery, allowing participants to check out cheap, durable, technology-enhanced bikes and a free open source iPhone application developed for this installation.  As participants pedal around central Brooklyn, they are able to contribute site-specific audio through the iPhone application, as well as listen to a curated collection of geo-specific sounds provided by a variety of local land-use experts, historians, poets, artists, and other interpreters.  Bike Box hopes to explore and give participants access to the layers of lived experience, personal anecdote, and history that are piled up invisibly on every street corner and city block.