[iDC] Architecture and Situated Technologies

Adriene Jenik ajenik at ucsd.edu
Mon Jul 3 13:37:56 EDT 2006

Hello all,

I have been enjoying this list for awhile, but often too caught up in 
other things to jump in on the discussions. But the list has opened 
up a number of issues around which I am concerned and trying to work 
with as an artist.

My current project SPECFLIC, is a form I'm calling "speculative 
distributed cinema" (also, starting to call it distracted cinema) and 
is an attempt to experiment with many of the questions it seems your 
workshop is posing. I'm attempting to create layers or zones of a 
story experience using a combination of cinematic projections, live 
performance, cell phone interaction, radio, and public architectures. 
Each version is held in a new public architectural space & has a new 
story that eminates from that encounter. The current version will be 
launched August 9 at the San Jose Public Libraruy as part of ISEA06 
and the Zero1 San Jose festival. Here is a link to a short description

I'm looking forward to the discussions that occur on the list, and 
will try & find time to contribute my own experiences thus far (the 
1.0 version occurred in Oct 2005) where appropriate.

Adriene Jenik

At 08:29 AM 7/3/2006, trebor at thing.net wrote:
>Dear all,
>In spite of all the soccer thrills and dismay, the New York Times 
>report of yet
>another governmental surveillance program, and the continuing stream of
>unspeakable news from Iraq, do you still have some fervor left to engage in a
>vital debate?
>Over the next three months discussions on this list, at least in part, will
>focus on issues related to the Architecture and Situated 
>Technologies Symposium
>that the Institute for Distributed Creativity produces in 
>collaboration with the
>Center for Virtual Architecture at the University at Buffalo, and the
>Architectural League of New York. The symposium will take place October 19-21
>at the Urban Center in New York City.
>Please continue posting contributions that do not relate to this upcoming
>discussion thread (i.e. responses to Julian's fascinating text).
>While I will start to facilitate the July discussion focusing on the networked
>public sphere, Omar Khan will center your attention on issues such as
>performance paradigms, responsive architecture, and artificial ecologies in
>August. In September, Mark Shepard will concentrate on locative 
>media, tactical
>urbanism, and situated aesthetics. In October we hope to see many of you in
>person at the event.
>Omar Khan, Mark Shepard, and I invited the amazing crew of symposium
>participants to introduce themselves briefly on the list over the next few
>weeks. We asked them to comment, contribute questions, or 
>descriptions of their
>projects. Parts of the list discussion will be included in the symposium's
> >Introduction: Architecture and Situated Technologies
>This symposium, organized around the notion of an "encounter," will articulate
>new research vectors, sites of practice, and working methods for the 
>of architecture, art, and situated technologies.
>What opportunities and dilemmas does a world of networked objects and spaces
>pose for architecture, art, and computing? How might this evolving relation
>between people and "things" alter the way we occupy, navigate, and inhabit the
>built environment? What is the status of the material object and the embodied
>human relationships in a world privileging networked relations between
>"things"? How do distinctions between space and place change within networked
>media ecologies? What post-optimal design strategies and tactics might we
>propose for an age of responsive environments, smart materials, embodied
>interaction, and participatory networks?
>While there is an explosive growth of mobile devices, the social uses of
>technologies are not sufficiently studied in terms of architecture. What
>distinguishes the emerging urban sociality enabled by the Wireless Internet?
>How do these dynamics, including (non-)affective giving destabilize
>rationalized 'use case scenarios'?
>These are just a few urgent questions that the symposium will raise.
>Through a combination of public and closed segments (workshops, presentations,
>and panel discussions), the symposium will stage a set of encounters between
>invited participants, an audience encouraged to participate, and the City of
>New York.
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Adriene Jenik
Associate Professor, Computer & Media Arts
Visual Arts Dept., University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093-0084
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