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2016, Fri, Feb 05

Re-Thingifying the Smart City

With Jennifer Gabrys and Helen Pritchard

Within the Internet of Things, environmental sensors are one type of digital instrument meant to enable citizens to act on environmental problems. The concept is that environmental problems can be understood and solved by collecting data through sensing devices. Yet how could citizens become productive—if twitchy—operators within a sensor-based version of data-led politics?

And despite our anxiety to act positively upon environmental concerns, how could citizens as sensors also potentially be instrumentalized through these practices? This workshop explores, through theoretical and hands-on approaches, how it might be possible to rework and re-thingify the anxieties to act (and make) not necessarily by producing new sensor data and devices, but by repurposing existing, leftover, and failed ones within contemporary urban environments.

transmediale Co-Curricular is carried out in cooperation with Allianz Kulturstiftung.