Our assignment for last Tuesday’s class was to come up with a way for Rock Art to engage with Mobile Media. As Adrian and I visited together and seemed to be thinking along the same lines, we produced our A3 sheet together.
The first thing we noticed when we arrived at the site was how vast the landscape was. There were no signs and, had we not had the map Adrian was given by Debbie, we wouldn’t even have known what direction to walk in. When we finally found the rock, we felt – as Joe put – “confused rather than satisfied”. Further up the hill, we also found some more markings but we were not sure if they were indeed rock art or merely the result of natural corrosion.
Our solution borrows from the GPS logging side of Geocaching and the social/tagging side of sites such as Gowalla or Foursquare. Our proposed solution would be a mobile app which used GPS to help lead people to the sites or rock formations. Once there – and only whilst at that location – they could log their successful finding of the site, and receive virtual awards and badges for doing so. Whilst at the rock art they would also be given further information about the site, perhaps including other visitor’s photos and experiences.
Ultimately, we wanted to make finding the rock art a little bit more fun and provide an “end result” of some feeling of success/satisfaction for the user.
Click to download our Rock Art Sheet