The Ubiquity Issue

The Ubiquity Issue

Fibreculture Journal 19 deals with ubiquitous or pervasive computing, and with the recently emerged ambience of information. The issue details practices involving pervasive computing, both everyday practices and new art or dynamic architectural forms. Alongside these more practical concerns, the issue thinks through and with ubiquity. It takes ubiquity as something that has already arrived, something of immediate and increasing power. Simply put, ubiquity, by nature, is something with which we more often have to negotiate. Ubiquity’s ambiguous powers and possible futures also become key concerns. Finally, several articles consider the way that ubiquity might lead us to reconsider not only our past relationship to computing, but perhaps the very nature of computing and the human, vis a vis each other.

The issue was edited by Ulrik Ekman.

Articles include; Ulrik Ekman’s comprehensive introduction to the issues and ideas that move through ubiquity; Mette Ramsgard Thomsen and Karin Bech’s ‘Embedding response: self production as a model for an actuated architecture’; Anders Michelsen’s ‘ Pervasive Computing and Prosopopoietic Modelling: Notes on computed function and creative action’; Simon Penny’s ‘ Towards a Performative Aesthetics of Interactivity’; Christian Ulrik Andersen and Søren Pold’s ‘The Scripted Spaces of Urban Ubiquitous Computing: The experience, poetics, and politics of public scripted space’; Bo Kampmann Walther’s ‘Reflections on the Philosophy of Pervasive Gaming: With Special Emphasis on Rules, Gameplay, and Virtuality’; Matthew Fuller and Sónia Matos’ ‘Feral Computing: From Ubiquitous Calculation to Wild Interactions’; Malcolm McCullough’s ‘Toward Environmental Criticism’; Jonas Fritsch’s ‘Affective Experience in Interactive Environments’.

Lone Bertelsen, Ingrid Richardson and Andrew Murphie provided last minute copy-editing assistance. As always, we are deeply indebted to our anonymous referees.

More on issue 19 here.