November 01, 2003

NYC Talks

Last night was the last of four talks I've given on Urban Tapestries here in New York. Invited by Creative Time (a public art agency), the New School University and Parson's School of Design, the talk was part of a series they are running called Blur

The three other talks were given to students on courses at Parson's School of Design (class led by Andrea Moed), School of the Visual Arts (class led by Kathy Brew) and Tisch School of the Arts Interactive Telecommunications Program (class led by Anthony Townshend).

There is a huge buzz here about public wireless technologies, with 802.11 appearing to be the driver of excitement and innovation rather than mobile phone networks. 10 of the city's public parks now have free public wireless access, and laptops are visible all over the city as people log on in their lunch hours and coffee breaks.

Urban Tapestries has stirred up some excitement about possibilities for the future and there is a lot of interest (as well as offers of support) to stage a trial over here sometime in 2004 or 2005.

Posted by Giles Lane at November 1, 2003 02:29 PM