The Alternativa 2013 curators have taken on the urgent subject of city planning and its ideologies as well as the everyday tactics of dwelling and inhabitation in it. Locating curatorial practice in the heart of the Gdansk Shipyard, Alternativa 2013 is both a result of research as much as a matter of concern for us.
Paulo Cirio, Julian Oliver, Stephanie Rotheberg, Antoine Schmitt
MediaCity 4: MediaCitieswill feature commissioned urban works, results of an international call for proposals. These works touch on different aspects of this year’s themes, as we question the contemporary entanglements of digital media and urban life in cities around the world today – spaces of appearance, of exchange, and of identity.
In my fourth and final post covering New Frontier at Sundance 2013, I explore the creative and innovative exploration of augmented space—which refers to technologies, objects, or symbols that overlay physical space with information. It is a new type of collage that makes use of a broad collection of forms and techniques. Keiichi Matsuda provides a good starting point from both technological and aesthetic perspectives.
Most rewarding in these two expansive surveys is witnessing Buren’s subtle, deeply associative relationship to light, architecture, shape, and site-specificity, the formal richness of which do well to substantiate his greatly respected position as a preeminent figure of conceptual art and institutional critique.
Elektra sparks debate about the creative city, computation arts and public space. The Montréal-based cultural initiative promotes avant-garde digital creation that unites creative media like music, video, cinema, design, gaming and audio or interactive installation with the latest digital technologies. Their discussion is presented in conjunction with ABC : MTL, an open-source initiative at the CCA that maps contemporary Montréal in a diversity of ways and media.
Today, it is not revolutionary to state that data is the oil of the 21st century. Just like crude oil, data needs to be processed and refined. We are increasingly able to generate meaning from this data mining. Information and stories are extracted from refined data, creating value just as refined oil does. Meaningful data is what makes it possible for governments, companies and citizens to create new forms of interaction.
The Archigram Archival Project makes the work of the seminal architectural group Archigram available free online for public viewing and academic study. The project was run by EXP, an architectural research group at the University of Westminster. It was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and made possible by the members of Archigram and their heirs, who retain copyright of all images.
In today’s cities, our everyday lives are increasingly
shaped by digital media technologies. The Mobile City
is a research group that investigates this new urban
condition and its implications for urban design.