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In the context of the research project Public Space 2.0 we address the following main questions: how does the introduction of social platforms on the internet transform existing communication practices, and furthermore enrich social space of interaction? What impact may have experiences gained with social networks on our perception of the urban public?  Mission Statement

Soft and translational space: on collaborative relations in public space

We aimed for extensive research towards the improvement of the chosen location “Karlsplatz”, accompanied by empirical studies as well as prototypical development in the fields of interface design, network technology and outdoor display modes. Through innovative implementation and use of communication technology we envision the revitalization of the public sphere. Creative re-zoning of physical space […]

From artifact to situation; the medialized decay of public space

The notion of public space or of public spaces as cultural artifact is bound to numerous problems, and evokes questions. Connotations of the cultural artifact as passed on throughout societies have lost their consensual viability. Let me list a few questions originating in that particular field of challenges: Is the artifact necessarily determined by one […]

As we proceed

In the social space of web 2.0 we act as subjects – what if these subjects would be observed by an additional or externalized authority? An observation of the observation, so to speak, or a second order observation.[1] Our actions and our experiences are mainly based on observations of the space which we move through […]

Public space 2.0 – introduction

“(…) Beobachten ist nichts anderes als das Handhaben von Unterscheidungen. Ob dies im Prozess des Herstellens erfolgt oder später angesichts des fertigen Kunstwerkes oder ob durch den Künstler oder durch andere, ist ein Unterschied zweiten Ranges. Aller Umgang mit der Kunst ist zunächst ein unterscheidendes Beobachten, auch und gerade während des Prozesses, in dem die […]

Shaping wearable ecologies: a quest for public space through arts-based research

»I think artistic research exists.«[1] James McAllister In the last two decades, arts-based research – also known as artistic research or arts research – has been a project discussed at ontological, epistemological and methodological levels.[2] The basic proposition of this paper is that projects like our own Public Space 2.0 shall be valuable not only […]

Space and technology

» …weil das Wesen der Technik nichts Technisches ist, darum muss die (…) Auseinandersetzung mit ihr in einem Bereich geschehen, der einerseits mit dem Wesen der Technik verwandt und andererseits doch von ihm grundverschieden ist. Ein solcher Bereich ist die Kunst.«[1] MARTIN HEIDEGGER Public space Whether today one could still find a majority, which agrees […]

Innovative implementation of technology in public space

From the beginning of social interaction, communication networks have always played a major role. While for a long time the concurrent presence or at least proximity of people at a certain place was required, specific technologies have been pivotal in bridging space and time, such as printing press, railroad, telephone, radio and many others. The […]

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