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research the haunting
. mobile media lab

. mdcn

. the haunting

. digital cities project

2005-2007

Project Leader

“The Haunting” is a multi-player location based cell phone game designed for Mount Royal Park in Montreal. Players are invited by VFB Mobility to use a cell phone as the latest in technological means for exploring paranormal disturbances and communicating with the dead. Media debris, flickering screens unearthly vibrations and screaming cellulars inhabit the Forest of Shadows surrounding the cross at the Summit of the Spirits overlooking the park. Interaction scenarios, alternative mapping techniques, spontaneous public performance and location based play structures rooted in non-linear narrative are explored in mobile experience design. Using GPS and Bluetooth beacons in a networked environment, this project treats territory as interface playing with the potential of mobile technologies to augment and enhance our relationship to and understanding of space and place.

www.thehaunting.ca

webdesign: julien berthier| photography: michael longford|studio documentation: julie delisle