March 22-25, 2006
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Demonstrations: Description

An artwork communication system using mobile phones

Kiyoka Fushimi, Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin University, Japan
Noriko Kikuchi, Nagoya University, Japan
Kiyofumi Motoyama, Nagoya University, Japan

This system aims at deepening the viewer's understanding of artwork through the use of a mobile phone system. Art-observation requires researching one's own internal feelings and defining a work using one's own logic. Experiences of course vary depending upon the individual; however, when experiences are shared, a broader understanding of the work becomes available. I propose the development of a new form of 'assistance' using mobile phones, with the hope of deepening a viewer's understanding of art. The system has two goals: observation and expansion. When in the presence of an artwork, the viewer records impressions by means of a mobile phone interface. The recording of the viewer's experience can be input into a mobile phone as the viewer is in front of the actual work. These experiences can then be archived in the museum's server. When a user wishes to reference another's recorded experience, the system retrieves the appropriate data by comparing it to the user's recordings. In order to form a deeper experience with the museum and stimulate repeat visits, during which one can form an ongoing appreciation of a work, prior personal experiences and others' opinions can be accessed and new ideas can be recorded, comparing old experiences to new. An evaluation experiment was conducted for this system in the exhibition hall of the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art on December 17th and 18th, 2005. We obtained good feedback on the system through questionnaires, behavioural observations, and interviews. We also acquired insights concerning the system, for use in further research.

Demonstration: Demonstrations [Close-Up]

Keywords: mobile phone, artwork, design, viewer, interface, impression, user contributed content