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public space feedback

1. user/system (i) 2. data collection 3. data clustering 4. data symbolization
5. repressed contents/symbol evaluation) 6. decision making /soundscape
7. user/system (ii)

drawing by Mathias Mitteregger, phd student@a-theory

research feedback review II/ july 5-6

Public space has been extended into electronic networks, typologically it finds itself redefined as multiplicity of public-private couplings.  Finally architects had to let go of the modernist dream of public space as the merry, plannable patchwork of given public spheres. Democratic systems provoke the conflict which public spheres are tolerated as politically legitimate, and do not, on the other hand, automatically settle in advance which ones are not. This implies that no particular public sphere, no individual project strategizing space may claim this preconfirmed status for itself. As of today, the place of the public sphere remains void. And if there was the much claimed multiplicity, how does it allow for such structures and provide the possibility for the formation of local or geographically and temporally segmented communities? -> additional information

lectures by researchers as well as by guests will be held as basis for discussion and project feedback / invited guests: Georg Flachbart/mind21Vasco Granadeiro/PhD student at MIT PortugalSabine Knierbein/SKuORMark Shepard/UB Dept. of Media Studies

research workshop at PENN University

A social network is conceived of as a multiplicity of social units and its relationships among them. A network also functions as a relational structure. Within formalized networks, the quality of units and relationships is not defined. Singular units or actors are individual people; but of course they can also be subgroups or even institutions. Relationships may have communicative, family like, economic or financial attributes, they may be weak or strong, of individual or collective nature. In terms of power and impact networks prove to produce a broad spectrum of structures reaching from egalitarian to hierarchical or asymmetrical structures. Between the image of the actor him/herself, normative conceptions of networks or its symbolic representations on one hand, and the empirical analysis, quite often there seems to be a big discrepancy.

The workshop addressed genesis and dynamics of social relationships and networks in varying phases of transformation (change of structure): - extension of economic dependencies /- change of cultural identities /- processes of social exclusion, marginalization -> additional information

Lindy Hop in the Burggarten

Yesterday, I met a bunch of people who were dancing in public. A self-organized group of people who met during “Lindy hop” dance courses started to bring their dance workshops outside. They bring their music and speakers with them and meet Friday evenings in the Burggarten and Saturday evenings in the Volksgarten. The dance floor is open to everyone who can dance the Lindy hop. They told me that they often meet tourists from all over the world who dance with them for a few songs and then leave.

Conference: amberConference’10, Datacity

The second international conference of amberConference which will be held in conjunction with the amber’10 Art and Technology Festival. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Datacity’. read more

Istanbul, Turkey, 6th and 7th of November 2010

1 September 2010: Submission deadline (Up to 500 words abstract)

Subject Headings:

  • The politics of data and contemporary Urban governmentality.
  • Politics of data circulation and use.
  • Contemporary security and surveillance discourse.
  • Legality and legitimacy of data collection and use.
  • Political economy of data generation.
  • Value of metadata in a data-driven society.
  • The notion of Smart cities and urban management.
  • Datazen: the consumer in a transurban dwelling pattern.
  • Urban mundane and serendipity in the digital age.
  • Urban artistic sensibilities in the digito-technological age.
  • City as a “space of flows”: Networked urban topology as an art material.
  • Spatial experience and ambient information processes

Urban Pixels

by William J. Mitchell & Susanne Seitinger, PhD student, Smart Cities Group, MIT Media Lab

“Urban Pixels are wireless, solar-powered lighting units for cities that blur the boundary between digital display technology and traditional urban lighting. By combining a renewable energy source with RF communication it is possible to achieve a self-sustaining, distributed display network that can be attached to any building surface and reconfigured with ease. Depending on their configuration and placement, Urban Pixels can be used to convey place-specific information, respond to environmental conditions or support creative expression in urban public spaces.” Visit Site

Conference: Media Architecture, Urban Context and Social Practices

3rd international conference on the interaction of architecture, media and social phenomena

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany, 29 to 31 October 2010

15 June 2010: Submission deadline (abstract)
15 September 2010: Submission deadline (full article for accepted submissions)

“The 3rd MediaCity conference will investigate how new media re-define social settings and urban spaces and how they influence architecture as well as media art & design in urban contexts, thus constituting new social and cultural practices.” read more

Persona (On Flickr)

Very inspiring project done by John Travis.


Another project commissioned by the ‘Toward the Sentient City‘ exhibition.

Creators: Anthony Townsend (Institute for the Future), Georgia Borden, Amanda Kross, Jung Hoon Kim, Antonina Simeti (DEGW), Dana Spiegel (NYCwireless), Laura Forlano (Parsons The New School for Design), Tony Bacigalupo (New Work City), Sean Savage (PariSoMa), Elysse Preposi (Sarah Lawrence College)

“Breakout! is a festival of work in the city, that explores the dynamic possibilities of a single question: what if the entire city was your office? Drawing inspiration from the shared office spaces of the coworking movement, Breakout! creates alternative venues for collaborative work outside of traditional office buildings by injecting lightweight versions of essential office infrastructure into urban public spaces.” Read more about the project here.

Related link: Breakout! project website

Too Smart City

“A set of three street furniture pieces that come to life with embedded intelligence and robotic systems” created by designers JooYoun Paek, David Jimison & engineers Daniel Bauen, Aaron Gilbert, Bill Washabaugh. “Too Smart City presents technological solutions to current problems, but as failures, rather than as progress: a future where everyday objects are rendered non-functional by their overly enthusiastic usage of computational intelligence.”

1. The Smart Bench is a  two-person seater that recognizes vagrancy and is capable of lifting people up and dumping them off.

2. The Smart Sign displays the latest legal codes on its glossy video monitor, pointing at and addressing people as they walk by.

3. The Smart Trashcan is a metal bin that analyzes what is being discarded. Throw the wrong trash away, and the Smart Trashcan throws it right back at you.

To read more about the project click here. To watch the video click here. The project was commissioned by the ‘Toward the Sentient City‘ exhibition curated by Mark Shepard.

Step into the Sensory Box

ENVISION : Step into the sensory box from SUPERBIEN on Vimeo.

Done with VVVV and camera mapping. Step into the Sensory Box was programmed and designed by studio Super Bien.

hacked suicide

The web2.0 suicide machine got hacked.

it’s a site, where users can get rid of their facebook and myspace profiles, that has been under the attack from facebook on previous occasions

Geek Stuff 2.0

This montage of AT&T ads came from a 1993 Newsweek CD-ROM that had examples of some of the cool new technologies in the future.

Geek Stuff 1.0

The use and abuse of mobile phones.


As you know I’m concerned with privacy issues, some news:


Der FWF als zentrale Institution zur Förderung der Grundlagenforschung in Österreich vergibt erstmalig den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten FWF-Kunstpreis. Die Preisverleihung erfolgt im Rahmen der VIENNAFAIR. Der FWF wird mit einem eigenen Stand zur Präsentation seiner Aktivitäten im Bereich der Förderung künstlerischer Forschung auf der VIENNAFAIR vertreten sein.

Wired on iPad

At the periphery of the project. But talking about structure…

Notificator, 1935

Lately, various blogs have been referring to this robot as the early version of twitter. The article is from Modern Mechanix -August, 1935.

Augmented Reality + Holograms

Done by RealFiction…

Geerd Lovink: Tactical Media

Jeff Jarvis: The German Paradox

Constraint City: The Pain of Everyday Life

An urban intervention addressing the public and private space of information society.

“If electromagnetic waves are the new medium of city´s communication system, then our everyday life is unavoidable entwined by an invisible information cloud, built upon wireless interconnected networks. Albeit, we never experience access-restrictions by walking through the streets unless we unsolicitedly want to enter a private space. But, since the advent of wireless data networks and ubiqoutous computing, private space has been shifted into an invisible layer. Closed networks, such as WEP or WAP restrain access to this layer. Thus, being expelled from the Internet can be a painful act and harm you to a certain extend. The project “constrain city walks” let you literally, feel this pain, by tightening a worn chest strap which is embedded in an ordinary jacket. The stronger the signal of perceived restriction, the harder your breath! Alternative routes through the city are the only constrained conclusion. Thus it indicates an invisible form factor of city’s policy and at the same time it unhinges you between the decision of eluding or allowing the pain of information society.” Gordan Savicic

project website


“Nothing can really prepare you for the latest online phenomenon, Chatroulette. The social Web site, created just three months ago by a 17-year-old Russian named Andrey Ternovskiy, drops you into an unnerving world where you are connected through webcams to a random, fathomless succession of strangers from across the globe. You see them, they see you. You talk to them, they talk to you. Or not.” (February 2010, The New York Times)

articles: wikipedia, ny times, ny magazine

N Building by Terada Design

N Building from Alexander Reeder on Vimeo.

Eye Writer

See also:

The Eyewriter from Evan Roth on Vimeo.

Ubiquitous Display

Beautiful research project currently done by the MIT. Senseable City Lab.

Flyfire – micro helicopters as display from Daniel Peters on Vimeo.

TED Talk: Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

Very inspiring talk about some possibilities in interface design.