Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Affective Politics in Urban Computing and Locative Media

The Responsive Objects, Surfaces and Spaces (ROSS) research group at Georgia Tech has very kindly invited me to give a lecture tomorrow, so this afternoon I'm off to Atlanta.

With my dissertation going to defense soon, I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to present a core point of my argument to such a smart and creative group for feedback.

Affective Politics in Urban Computing and Locative Media
Emerging technoscientific knowledges and practices can be seen to actively mobilise and manipulate particular affects to political ends, including the very definition of what constitutes political action. Building on ethnographic research with several pervasive computing design projects, this presentation addresses some of the affective politics that accompany the treatment of cities as interaction design spaces and publics as co-creators. By advocating playful presents and hopeful futures, a number of contemporary projects in urban computing and locative media seek to re-invigorate urban public spaces and re-vitalise the public sphere. But the associated forms of technologically mediated spatiality, temporality and embodiment raise interesting questions about technological determinism and the limits of critique. What kinds of relations are possible in these scenarios? Which concerns are intensified, or diminished?

Georgia Tech ROSS Lecture Series
Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 12:00pm
TSRB 132

I hope to see you there and for anyone else who is interested, I'll post my slides and notes here afterwards.


Anonymous Kevin said...

If you do a powerpoint, perhaps you might share it here later? Pretty please? Also, be careful where you walk in Atlanta.

OpenID museumfreak said...

I am a big dork and have been reading your blog forever and am involved with the digital media program at Tech. Alas, I am ill right now and will not be able to attend your talk, so all I can do is wish you good luck. However, my best friend Celia is having breakfast with you and has been duly advised that she must tell me all about how awesome you are :-).

Anonymous Brandy Nagel said...

I attended your presentation today. Great stuff. Made me think of stuff I had never thought of before.

Anonymous Anne said...

Thank you! I'll post my notes as soon as possible.

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