Ambient Screens and Transnational Public Spaces

Ambient Screens and Transnational Public Spaces

Nikos Papastergiadis

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9789888208920

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press


Large public screens have now become a ubiquitous part of the contemporary cityscape. Far from being simply oversized televisions, the media experts contributing to Ambient Screens and Transnational Public Spaces put forward a strong case that such screens could serve as important sites for cultural exchange. Advances in digital technology spell the possibilities of conducting mobile modes of interaction across national boundaries, and in the process expose the participants to novel sensory experiences, giving rise to a new form of public culture. Understanding this phenomenon calls for a reconceptualization of "public space" and "ambience," as well as connecting the two concepts with each other. This pioneering study of the impact of media platforms on urban cultural life presents a theoretical analysis and a history of screens, followed by discussions of site-specific urban screen practices on five continents. There is also a substantial examination of the world's first real-time cross-cultural exchange via the networking of large public screens located in Melbourne and Seoul.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Nikos Papastergiadis, Amelia Barikin, Scott McQuire, and Audrey Yue

3 Big Screens, Little Acts

Justin Clemens, Christopher Dodds, and Adam Nash

6 Digital Public Infrastructures for Creative Communities

Claude Fortin, Kate Hennessy, and Carman Neustaedter

7 The Inside/Outside Equation

Gary Gumpert and Susan J. Drucker

8 Mobile Methods and Large Screens

Nikos Papastergiadis, Amelia Barikin, Xin Gu, Scott McQuire, and Audrey Yue1

9 Conclusion

Nikos Papastergiadis, Amelia Barikin, and Scott McQuire