Chair Persons: Stefan Mittlböck-Jungwirth-Fohringer & Mahir M. Yavuz
Presenters: Christoph Kronhagel, Eckehart Loidolt & William Joseph Carpenter
Throughout human history, architecture played a key role in terms of communication in the public domain. In addition to the established institutionalized architectural communication (governmental buildings, palaces, banks, schools, etc.), a new field of adaptive communication based on presence, intent and ownership is emerging. Discoveries in the field of media technology constitute the driving force in this evolutionary progress. Media, by all means, is extending its active fields and is creating a convergence between psychical and virtual spaces. Cities are in a rapid evolution age: façades are changing, architecture is developing more into the digital domain and social interaction of inhabitants is becoming much more mediated. How are all of these changes affecting our daily life? It is seen that media architecture has already become a key research topic at the intersection of many different fields such as urbanism, architecture, material sciences and sociology. There is a large spectrum of interesting topics to discuss within this new field ranging from content to audience and from new models of interaction to materialized media. With the contribution of practical researchers working in diverse fields and coming from different countries, this panel aims to raise questions such as: What is the importance of media architecture in the evolution of landmarks and city development? Does media architecture create a new way of social interaction in the public space? Are media architecture projectsgraspable and legible by the public without a legend? With indefinite boundaries in question, how can media architecture develop into media space?
About Ars Electronica Futurelab : Media Art and Architecture Group
Today, technology and media are among major tools used in architectural practices in developing global cities. Ars Electronica Futurelab Media Art and Architecture Group consists of artists and researchers from various fields including computer science, sociology, design, communication and media sciences. The research group aims to focus on emerging interfaces and communication methods among architecture, citizens and environment. By examining the employment of interactive media as an element of art and architecture in public spaces, the group also aims to realize practical projects in semantic and functional context. Smart cities, materialized information, responsive/adaptive architecture and intelligent environments are some of the key research topics of the group. Likewise, the group concentrates on the position and the role of media architecture with respect to discussions on art and communication studies.
- Stefan Mittlböck- Jungwirth- Fohringer holds a degree in fine art, with a technical background as an electrician. He has been a member of the Ars Electronica Futurelab since 2001, where in 2009 he became the Director of the Media and Architecture focus group. new.aec.at/futurelab
- Mahir M. Yavuz is an external senior researcher of media art and architecture in Ars Electronica Futurelab. He is currently engaged in doctoral studies in Interface Culture at Kunstuniversität Linz Besides giving lectures at the same university, he is also one of the principals of Newgray, a research & design company based in New York. His works have been exhibited internationally at several institutions and venues including the 49th Venice Biennial, the 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Siggraph, Ars Electronica Festivals, PS1/MoMA, Apexart, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Exitart and Kunst-Werke, Berlin.