Communicative Cities: Governance and Communication

Art precincts and cultural participation in networked public space

Flinders Street Station in Melbourne during the White Night Festival 2014
Flinders Street Station in Melbourne during the White Night Festival 2014

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Investigators

Nikos Paspastergiadis, Audrey Yue, Scott McQuire, Paul Carter, Lily Kong, Ute Bauer, Janine Marchessault.

Overview

This project examines the impact of visitor experiences on the programming and design of the public zones of arts precincts. In the past decade arts precincts have grown in number and scale around the world. However, in a context of multicultural societies and networked visitors, there is still little knowledge of the fit between public expectations, aesthetic innovation and urban design. Even less attention is given to the flows and encounters that occur in open spaces. We will develop an evaluative and comparative framework that will deepen awareness of inclusive modes of public participation and vitalise connectivity between arts institutions in precincts.

Avatars and Identity

Avatars and Identity

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Investigators

Justin Clemens, Thomas Apperley, John Frow.

Overview

The avatar, a virtual representation of its user, is the key element of interface technology for everyday computer use in the twenty-first century. While specialist aspects of the avatar have received intensive attention from the technology industries and scholars, the focus of the work to date has been on the technical efficiency of the interface, rather than understanding the full social implications of its use. Through a historical, ethnographic and critical analysis of the role of the avatar, in consultation with industry, this project offers a unique opportunity to develop a wider perspective that will contribute to an understanding of the uses and policies for the digital economy.