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The hybrid city. The mediation of ICT in the experience of the city. (2014)

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Title: Hybrid city. Mediation of ICT in the city experience. (2014)

  • Author(s): Angelique Trachana.
  • Magazine (magazine): Art Individual and Society. Vol. 26
  • Pages: 233-254.
  • Summary: The concept of "hybrid city" is coined in the new technological context to point out a series of contemporary phenomena that occur in the conjunction of the physical conditions of the city and the virtuality of technological support. The term may be associated with categories as current as smart cities or "smart cities", "open source cities" and the new "learnings" of "making city" with "daily internet use". Here, however, we intend to extend the scope of its meaning by making a synthesis of "learnings" that modify our perception of the environment. From the world of arts such as photography or film to television and now the internet and the multiple telematic tools for everyday use, we see how technological mediation, incentivizing the sensitive perception of the city and expanding the imaginary of citizens. In consequence, new habits are being founded in citizen life and experiencing new models of city management. Hybrid identity, face-to-face and digital, is a fact, a new space genre that integrates the imaginary and virtual potential that promotes digital technology in physical space. In these spaces – which are generated in the network and verified on site – interactive dynamics are deployed and citizen creativity emerges; they are often the informal part of the city.
  • Keywords: City, art, ICT, proactive citizenship.
  • Abstract: The concept of "hybrid city" is being built in the new technological context to indicate a range of phenomena that occur at the junction of the physical conditions of the city and the virtual- ity of technological support. The term can be found associated with current categories such as "smart cities" or "open source cities" and new "learning" to "make city" by means of "the everyday use of Internet." Here however we aim to extend the scope of its meaning by a making synthesis of different ways of "learning" that change our perception of the environment. From the world of art as photogra- phy and cinema to television and now the internet and the daily use of many online tools, we see how technological mediation enhancing sensory perception of the city and expanding the citizens' imagination. Consequently new habits in civic life are being founded and new models of city management are taking place. The hybrid identity of space between the presential and digital reality is, in fact, a kind of new space that integrates the virtual imaginary potential facilitated by digital technology in the physical space. In these spaces, which are generated in the network and developed in situ, interactive dynamics are being deployed helping develop citizens's creativity. They often constitute the informal part of the city.
  • Key words: City, art, ICT, proactive citizenship.
  • Link: http://oa.upm.es/36042/

 

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