Title: Locative literature: experiences with the textopia system

Authors: Anders Sundnes Lovlie

Addresses: Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1093, Blindern, Oslo 0317, Norway

Abstract: This paper presents the textopia project, a locative media design experiment set up to explore the relationship between places and literary texts. The system allows a user to walk through a city and listen to texts that talk about the places the user is passing by, thus making possible a new way of experiencing place-bound literature in relation to place. The system also allows any user to write and share their own texts connected with places, exploring what it is to write locative literature. The sharing of old texts and user-generated texts through the system is analysed and used to outline some categories of locative literature, unified under the concept of |poetically augmented reality|.

Keywords: locative media; locative literature; textopia; place-based storytelling; user-generated content; place-bound literature; poetically augmented reality; place-space theory; cultural geography; literary texts.

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2011.041479

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2011 Vol.4 No.3, pp.234 - 248

Available online: 24 Jul 2011

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