Do you think architectural space makes people believe in something they would
not believe in otherwise? This research explores the role of architectural
space in conveying a message in both forms: physically situated and
virtually distributed. Times Square of New York is used as the case
for the investigation. The research aims to contribute to the debate
around the trustworthiness of digital media and the importance
of the urban environment as an informer of the publics.
Since the 1960s “The medium is the message”, as McLuhan stated,
but with the rise of the post-truth era, perhaps his definition
requires an update. Due to lack of legislation in the virtual
world, one might say media has started to refer to an uncanny
territory. Intentionally or not, the logic behind new
communication platforms has been promoting speculations
rather than facts. On the other hand, the variety of the
content an individual is exposed to in a regular day has
reached an unprecedented diversity. Moreover, the erosion
(even absence) of the narrator of these messages has been
causing a legitimisation problem. Here the policy makers
may contribute as fact-checkers in the form of the physical
public spaces. In other words, physical public spaces
might be used as legitimisers of the messages that appear
in them, because the governance and legislation of
the built environment -albeit with some flaws- is well
widely recognised by the public. This PhD research unfolds the potential
outcomes of this correspondence.
Welcoming The Orange Collars
Andre G Afonso,
Ava Fatah Gen. Schieck
The kinetic installations -- comprising a set of orange robotic arms,
light sources, mirrors and soundscapes -- performed spatial and temporal
rhythms in four different urban settings across Hull's Old Town. We investigate
the installations as an attempt to clarify:
a) the visual and auditory impact of the robots on the surrounding environments;
b) the social impact of the performances on each setting; and
c) the temporal impact of the performances on the social behaviours and experiences around the robots.
The results of the study suggest
that, in the context of outdoor urban settings, people tend to perceive
robots as kinetic sculptures more than as urban installations.
We contribute to the discussion around pervasive displays by considering
kinetic robotic installations as an emergent type of urban displays,
with potentially lasting effects on the experience of city environments.
We address and chart constraints and challenges for urban environment of the future.
The Installation is designed by Jason Brugge Studio.
The Time Inventer (Master Thesis)
Relationship between architecture, art and technology has changed in the last decade.
Architecture has the most flexible exis¬tence by being a background and being the major
informative of the other two. At the same time, technology and art can be overlapped
to inform architecture. The critical point of the situation is materiality of space.
The main consideration of this dissertation will be to find the fine line between
materiality and immateriality to erase it to let them diffuse in each other.
This diffusion is important, because only then the material sources of the immaterial
productions can be ignored. Although, music is created by some solid tools,
its experience reaches the listener without any substance. Likewise, without
seeing the unique representation of a painting we can understand the context
from screens. Despite screens are tools to show us information, what we see
is the light without any substance, too. Hence, the idea here to design a
system that can create a perception of the material with immateri¬ality to
shift the meaning of “the real”.
Performances are linked to the slice of time, which they are performed in.
The experience is captured by minds, and the rest diffuses to the time span
of the performance. Then, a question appears: Can we break down the relation
between time and architecture to create another way of understanding?
To copy, to multiply, to distribute are the keys to become regular.