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Event – Free lecture on “Mobility, cosmopolitanism and public space in the media city”, 13 September

Posted in Events, Research, Visions by Ferne Edwards on September 6th, 2007

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Mobility, cosmopolitanism and public space in the media city – Scott McQuire
6:00pm Thursday, 13 September at the BMW Edge, Federation Square

What happens when the TV screen leaves home and moves out into the street? Public space in the 21st century is increasingly shaped by interactions between media platforms and architectural structures. The result is the formation of media-architecture complexes which are fast coalescing into ‘media cities’. The social implications of the new public spaces created at the intersection of media networks and material structures are ambivalent. In a context where fear of strangers is frequently promoted as a strategy of political control, new media forms such as large public screens can play a critical role in promoting collective interactions in public space. However, realizing the ideal of cosmopolitan public culture demands strategic displacement of the flexible forms of power deployed in the public spaces of contemporary cities.

Scott McQuire is an academic and writer with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research linking social theory, new media, art, and urbanism. He is currently a chief investigator on the ARC funded research project ‘Large Screens and the transformation of public space’, and is one of the convenors of the major conference Urban Screens Melbourne: Mobile Publics to be held at Federation Square in October 2008. Scott is the author of Crossing the Digital Threshold (1997), Visions of Modernity (1998), and Maximum Vision (1999), co-author with Peter Lyssiotis of the limited edition artists’ book The Look of Love (1998), and co-editor with Nikos Papastergiadis of Empires, Ruins + Networks: The Transcultural Agenda in Art (2005). Scott teaches in the Media and Communications Program at the University of Melbourne and his new book The Media City will be published by Sage as part of the Theory, Culture and Society series in February 2008.

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