AT Consultant Presents in DC and Opens Art Show in NYC

By Vanessa Shirley
Engage Staff

illustrative picture of the bike box project

AT Consultant David Gagnon is back from a whirlwind trip to the East Coast for a presentation at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and an art opening in New York.

"It should be really cool," Gagnon said before leaving.

Gagnon started out his day in the nation's capitol for The Mobile Learning Institute's Leardership Summit on Digital Media where he spoke about current trends in mobile media and possible applications to informal learning.

"The overall message is that we will learn about the affordances and practices of new media through producing design prototypes and using a design-based research framework," explained Gagnon.

a picture of the Augumented Reality project

From DC, Gagnon headed to the Big Apple for the opening of The Bike Box at the Devotion Gallery in Brooklyn. Gagnon collaborated on the project with two, UW communication arts professors, Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown.

The gallery describes The Bike Box as a "mobile-media bicycle library and interactive installation" that allows participants to check out technology-enhanced bikes to use when exploring their neighborhood. The bikes are equipped with an iPhone application that Gagnon helped create called ARIS. As bikers pedal around NYC, they can record their thoughts on various sites, as well as listen to geo-specific sounds from historians, poets, artists and other experts.

For more information on The Bike Box visit http://free103point9.org/events/2248