Today, media, technology and digital modalities abound in every field. Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented realities, Digital Sociology and the Intelligent City, are just a few of its formulations. The questions this raises are boundless and interlinked. They are relevant across spaces, times and disciplines: digital heritage, intelligent architecture, smart cities, virtual learning and connected societies. In this context, when we discuss media or technology, it is impossible to separate out the theoretical, the social and the practical.
In examining this, SOCIETY. SPACES. SCREENS asks you to critique how the theories, trends and practices of your discipline have been altered by technologies and medias. For example, localised online streaming in the arts opens questions of cultural plurality. The practicalities of teaching online challenges old theories of learning. Spatial computing has brought new methods of public engagement that disrupt the established methods of the ‘democratic process’. Computer aided design involves new conceptualisations of creativity and production in architecture. Social media alters how we interact and, with it, philosophical concepts of self. In every discipline, one issue and question then, begets another.
In addressing this scenario from the perspective of multiple disciplines, this conference explores the interconnected set of social, artistic, ethical, conceptual and practical questions we face today. We are interested in questions of society and community. How does technology facilitate participation in government? In the education sector, what has happened to the role of teachers? In the arts and design, how are technologies and medias altering practice? In social geography and planning, how has technology reoriented a community’s connection to place? In cultural studies, what happens to identity and tradition in a globalized online world? In the education sector, what has happened to the role of teachers?
In treading these terrains, SOCIETY. SPACES. SCREENS brings together universities from the USA, Brazil and South Korea. A small sample of the questions they ask includes, but is not limited to:
> Arizona State University. The Virtual Polis – Interactive Geographies, Immersive Narratives, and Participatory Governance
> Cross Institutional. Smart, Intelligent, Digital – Visions of the Future in Architecture, Planning and the Social Sciences
> CESAR School (with NIX). Mediating Visions – Challenging Mainstream Narratives through Peripheral Perspectives
> Cross Institutional. Art, Design & Technology – Creativity & Experimentation in Contemporary Practice, Teaching & Theory
> Yonsei University. Medias – Surface, Space and In-Between
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