urban culture


In the year 5000, my birthday falls on a Monday, I won't be around.
Somehow, this makes me unutterably sad, weeping.

Our span is so short, we all know that, but this, this concrete
instance, tears through me. And I won't make it, to be sure, past

February 5000

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The Sentient City Survival Kit is a design research project that explores the social, cultural and political implications of ubiquitous computing for urban environments. It takes as its method the design, fabrication and presentation of a collection of artifacts, spaces and media for survival in the near-future sentient city.

As computing leaves the desktop and spills out onto the sidewalks, streets and public spaces of the city, information processing becomes embedded in and distributed throughout the material fabric of everyday urban space. Pervasive/ubiquitous computing evangelists herald a coming age of urban information systems capable of sensing and responding to the events and activities transpiring around them. Imbued with the capacity to remember, correlate and anticipate, this “sentient” city is envisioned as being capable of reflexively monitoring our behavior within it and becoming an active agent in the organization of our daily lives.

Project Created: 
June 2010
Book Details
paperback, 320 pages
Publication Date: 
October 1998
Media Theory
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This text examines the developments and tendencies in the fields of digital art and media, science and society, focusing on the idea and strategies of "cyberwar" - data-aided wars from the Gulf Conflict to the cyber-guerilla war.

People: Gerfried Stocker
Tags: urban culture, media, cyber, ars electronica
Book Details
paperback, 192 pages
Publication Date: 
April 2000
Media Theory
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This third volume of essays in tactical media (following The Electronic Disturbance and Electronic Civil Disobedience) traces the developing topographies of digital intervention. Indicating that no cultural bunker is ever fully secure, the CAE show the possibilities of trespass, unleashing semiotic shocks that collectively could negate the rising intensity of authoritarian culture. Topics include contestational robotics, the financial advantages of anti-copyright, recombinant theater-as-resistance, and the possible roles of children as tactical media participants. Chapters in this new volume include "Electronic Civil Disobedience and the Public Sphere," "The Mythology of Terrorism on the Net," "The Promissory Rhetoric of Biotechnology," "Observations on Collective Cultural Action," "Recombinant Theater and Digital Resistance," "Contestational Robotics," "Children as Tactical Media Participants," and "The Financial Advantages of Anti-Copyright."


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