Place: Medialab-Prado. Plaza de las Letras, C/ Alameda, 15 · Madrid
"In 1926 director Fritz Lang created the vision of a futuristic 21st century mega-city in his film Metropolis. Now that we have crossed the threshold of the 21st century our reality makes that vision seem strangely old-fashioned as new sets of factors unconsidered by Lang move to shape the future of our urban spaces. It is now ubiquitous computer networks, information delivery in real time, and new display technologies which are the key elements transforming the face of our urban living spaces. Through them a space is taking shape whose manifestations are strongly medial, and virtual and which eventually lead to the understanding of virtuality as reality.
In my talk I will focus on these ‘fictional’ spaces made of light, sound, dynamic image, and other media.
I will tackle questions such as: How much shall we add to the dynamic spaces we live in? Which importance does ecological and societal sustainability have in spatial design with new media? Is duration a relevant factor in the perception of space? How to create an identity of a space by the means of new media? How do virtual reality, the access of real time data and media design influence our understanding and design of architecture?
Background to my talk is my curatorial work in the realm of urban screens, on the subject of a meaningful symbiosis between technology and architecture and finally my preparations for an up-coming exhibition at the Netherlands Media Art Institute, entitled ‘Fluid Architectures.’"