critical design

Greetings from ISEA2010 RUHR in Dortmund, Germany, where I'm exhibiting the Sentient City Survival Kit, developed during a joint residency between Eyebeam and V2_ Intstitute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam. The exhibition is curated by Andreas Broeckmann and Stefan Riekeles.

On Friday, August 27 at 3:00pm in the RWE Tower Gallery I'll be presenting as part of V2's Test_Lab session, where this summer's resident artists will perform and demonstrate their work in a hands-on way.

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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.

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June 2010
 
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