URBAN ASSEMBLAGE: THE CITY AS ARCHITECTURE, MEDIA, AI AND BIG DATA.
Place: London / Virtual
Organisers: University of Hertfordshire
Dates: 28-30 June, 2021
Early Abstracts: 30 June 2020
Art, Design, Architecture, Media, Communications, Urban design, Sociology, Cultural Studies
Intellect Books | UCL Press
In-person, pre-recorded presentations, Zoom, written papers.
Today, the city is a technological infused entity premised on a plethora of digital phenomena including the Internet of Things, ubiquitous computing, computer-led infrastructure, big data and AI. It is also a place designed, envisaged and increasingly built through data-based digital architecture, planning and construction. The result is a series of complex interactions of people, place and data, and the establishment of the ‘digital city’, ‘smart buildings’ and ‘intelligent’ urbanism.
This scenario informs the creative industries in a multitude of ways. A plethora of films in recent decades have built on the imagery it offers: The Matrix, Ex Machina, Her, Minority Report to name but a few. In the arts, data is increasingly used as both a tool and motive for artworks. David McCandless’ founding of the platform Information Is Beautiful, and Aaron Koblin’s establishment of Google’s Data Arts Team are typical examples. Landscape and projection artists use the digital recalibration of data into imagery to create spaces and representations of our cities daily.
Today then, the potential for technology and data to alter how we design, live and experience our cities is obvious and everywhere. However, there are concerns. Cambridge Analytica is the most obvious example in the political realm. Other examples include GIS, Google Maps and Facebook. They all offer interconnected information on urban habits and people’s personal lives and have been repeatedly connected to the misuse of data.
This conference seeks to explore these and related issues from a variety of discipline perspectives.
Submit an abstract: https://architecturemps.com/london-hatfield/
Organisers: The University of Hertfordshire | Intellect Books | UCL Press | AMPS | PARADE
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