Ambient Intelligent Photography

Kember, Sarah. 2013. Ambient Intelligent Photography. In: Martin Lister, ed. The Photographic Image in Digital Culture. Second Edition. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 1-21. ISBN 978-0415535298 [Book Section]

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The start point of this chapter is a phenomenon only recently referred to as ubiquitous photography. This phenomenon can be understood by means of two related but distinct contexts that we might summarize as follows: the networked computer and distributed, embedded, intelligent computing. The substitution of one context for another – of the computer as an object with computationally enabled intelligent or smart environments – is the goal of the still futuristic, still evolving project of ubiquitous computing. While I have explored the relation between ubiquitous photography and ubiquitous computing elsewhere, what I aim to do here is to track both the goal and the evolution of the ubiquitous computing project as it enrolls photography and strives to transfer – or, as Martin Hand suggests, ‘morph’ – it from a context in which it is everywhere to one in which it becomes, in Adam Greenfield’s term, ‘everyware’ (Hand 2012: 12; Greenfield 2006: 9).

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies



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20 May 2013 09:06

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27 Feb 2019 12:55


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