28 June 2010 at 5pm, Goldsmiths Cinema (Richard Hoggart Bldg)
Networked cultures and participatory public space
As contemporary cities become increasingly media dense environments, the mode of inhabiting urban space is changing. The growing use of geo-spatial devices and the availability of real-time location specific information favours new forms of micro co-ordination of social activity, but also the extension of surveillance via data-mining and aggregation. As networked interactions become an everyday dimension of negotiating contemporary public space, there is a pressing need to think about how this trajectory transforms the older power-geometries of the city. Drawing on a range of contemporary projects, this talk will examine the contemporary politics of ‘participation’ and will investigate how networked media might be utilised to facilitate ‘participatory public space’.
Scott McQuire is Associate Professor and Reader in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. In 2004, Scott founded the Spatial Aesthetics research program with Nikos Papastergiadis, to pursue interdisciplinary research linking the fields of new media, urbanism, contemporary art, and social theory. Scott’s book The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space(Sage/TCS 2008) won the 2009 Jane Jacobs Publication Award presented by the Urban Communication Foundation. His most recent publication is the Urban Screens Reader (2009) which he edited with Meredith Martin and Sabine Niederer.