Mark Smithivas

Mark Smithivas is a wireless artist who works with interactive web-based technologies involving mobile telephones, digital signage, collaborative web applications, alternate reality gaming, and remix technologies. He writes an occasional blog ( and also contributes content to

Mark's project involves publishing a Chicago telephone number, 773-596-9612, on all Chicago Calling marketing materials, flyers, press guides, and onsite materials. Anyone in the country or world can simply call this number and leave their thoughts on this number. Contributions from the ether will be recorded and saved as MP3 audio files which will be posted to a festival-related webpage, which visitors can click to listen to. Mark will curate audio contributions throughout the festival and may be remixed with other audio content as appropriate.