Case Study: (dis)location

(dis)location (Shamash, 2009) tells stories of five characters living in Salvador, Brazil. Randy Horton assisted in the development of the web & mobile media and lead the experience engineering of the project.

The Client: Sarah Shamash

The Need
(dis)location (Shamash, 2009) tells stories of five characters living in Salvador, Brazil. Mediaboot assisted in the development of the web & mobile media and lead the experience engineering of the project.

The Solution
I provided expertise in Web and Mobile technologies and co-created an iphone application and Web site experience that extended documentary research into experiential media. Ms. Shamash provided the documenary research, assets and storyline while we lead the technical execution and experience engineering for the Web and Mobile versions.

The iphone app uses the viewer’s global positioned coordinates and iphone functions to trigger audio and image based narratives. The user can navigate a hand-drawn map of a neighborhood from Salvador, Brazil through a transposed geography of time and space.

The engineering process included multiple design mock-ups and interface prototypes for both mobile and Web versions of the project. I applied agile project management methodologies (scrum) while conducting user tests throughout the experimentation phases of the project.

The Results
The multi-lingual Web site and iphone application were created within four months from project start to completion. In addition, I created the distribution and installation packages for the iphone version. The project was based on a self-directed co-production with the Banff New Media Institute, lead by Ms. Shamash.

As documentary media and transmedia, the audience experiences ‘locative media’ (media based on someones location in the world) across various other media, including film, podcasts, still image and audio. Each media conveys the story through its defining properties, and hence contributes to a trans media narrative.