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In Anywhere-Somewhere-Everywhere participants were provided with an innovative, often unpredictable exploratory experience of Nottingham city centre. Aspects of the city that have become unavailable, or are off the beaten tourist-track, were presented using an approach combining mobile-based video-, photo- and text-trails alongside multimedia content, live performances and physical exploration at different locations within the city. In addition to this exposure of hidden spaces we employed performers to inhabit the city as doppelgängers or shadows of each participant, remaining hidden just around the next corner, but interacting with and twisting their experience through phone-calls.

While I was responsible for producing the mobile framework that supported the participants’ experience and allowed the doppelgängers to coordinate themselves, Anywhere-Somewhere-Everywhere was a joint project, mixing members of the Mixed Reality Lab (myself and Holger Schnädelbach), the Architectural History and Theory Group of the University of Nottingham, the Willi Dorner Company and Jo Mardell as production manager. The project was a progression from Future Garden.

The event was produced with the cooperation of the Broadway Cinema and Media Centre over a one-week period in April 2008, providing unique hour-long experiences for over 40 members of the public. A review of the event can be found here.

The construction, running and an evaluation of the event were documented in an academic paper which was presented at CHI’09, and published by ACM:

  • [DOI] B. Bedwell, H. Schnädelbach, S. Benford, T. Rodden, and B. Koleva, “In support of city exploration,” in Proceedings of SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems, New York, NY, USA, 2009, pp. 1171-1180.
        abstract = {The novel experience Anywhere allowed participants to explore an urban area, tying together information not normally available, new points of views and interaction embedded into physical places. Guided by 'unseen', on-the-street performers in an ongoing conversation maintained over mobile phones, they gained access to locative media and staged performances. Our analysis demonstrates how Anywhere produced engaging and uniquely personalised paths through a complex landscape of content, negotiated by the performer-participant pair around various conflicting constraints. We reflect our analysis through the lens of the key characteristics exhibited by mechanisms that support city exploration, before focussing on possible extensions to the technological support of teams of professional and amateur guides.},
        address = {New York, NY, USA},
        author = {Bedwell, Ben and Schn\"{a}delbach, Holger and Benford, Steve and Rodden, Tom and Koleva, Boriana},
        booktitle = {Proceedings of SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems},
        citeulike-article-id = {5877717},
        citeulike-linkout-0 = {},
        citeulike-linkout-1 = {},
        doi = {10.1145/1518701.1518879},
        isbn = {978-1-60558-246-7},
        keywords = {framework},
        location = {Boston, MA, USA},
        pages = {1171--1180},
        posted-at = {2009-10-02 16:31:20},
        priority = {0},
        publisher = {ACM},
        title = {In support of city exploration},
        url = {},
        year = {2009}
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