MARS bags are prototypes for wearable mobile interaction and communication. Carried like a handbag, the MARS bag transforms the movement of the carriers' and the surrounding people's body into sound. Once it is touched it will be personalized by a bio-sign, e.g. pulse frequency. The MARS bag initiates a non-standardized communication by signifying encounters acoustically but it does not substitute communicational practice. Rather, it is meant to initiate and comment communication between passersby. Used inside the MARS bag, the Electronic Field Sensor is rather an acoustic comment on public encounters than a channel
for mediated communication. The technology was inspired by the Theremin, the first electronic musical instrument.
Theory / Research
The MARS Bag accompanies the encounters and communication among the public at spot. This research field locates the MARS bag in the context of mobile communication technologies and communication design. As a mobile interaction system, whose function is coordinated with the needs of an individual or a group, the MARS bag offers a way to develop marketable products and opens the door to a new intuitive approach to playful communication processes in the everyday life. The first MARS bag application on emergent communication took place during a performance amongst the visitors in a theatre foyer (Cyberstar 98 awards, Cologne).
Exhibitions / Presentations
- MARS Bags - Performance anläßlich der Preisverleihung Cyberstar 98, Köln, 1998
- Monika Fleischmann, Wolfgang Strauss, MARS Bag. Wiretap 5.04 - Wearable Technologies. Presentation at V2 - Rotterdam. 1999
Wiretrap 5.04, V2 Organisatie Rotterdam (NL), 1999
- Thema: Interface
Workshop: "Ich sehe, was du hörst". Ein multisensorischer Workshop für Kinder und Jugendliche zur Vermittlung von Interface-Technologien.
- Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss,
- Monika Fleischmann, MARS Bags - TOOLS FOR TAKING PART, GMD - Institute for Media Communication, MARS - Media Arts Research Studies, 1998
- Monika Fleischmann, Wolfgang Strauss with Netzspannung.org Editors: What is a theremin? GMD - Institute for Media Communication, MARS - Media Arts Research Studies, 2005