Dr. Graham Cairns, Architecture_Media_Politics_Society (AMPS) Director
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The Mediated Cities series explores the contemporary city as a hybrid phenomenon of digital technologies, new media, digital art practices and physical infrastructure. It is an inherently interdisciplinary series around intersecting issues related to the city of today and tomorrow.
As Marshall McLuhan identified in 1964, today’s global village is a place of simultaneous experience; a site for overlapping material and electronic effects; a place not so much altered by the content of a medium, but rather, a space transformed by the very nature of medias themselves. For some, this is little more than the inevitable evolution of urban space in the digital age. For others, it represents the city’s liberation from the condition of stasis. For scaremongers, it’s a nightmare scenario in which the difference between the virtual and the real, the electronic and the material, the recorded and the lived, becomes impossible to identify.