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SUPERSTRUCTURAL DEPENDENCIES

CONFERENCE

The conference brings together international practitioners and thinkers to discuss both the growing dependency of urban societies on their technological superstructures, as well as the phenomena of massive online virtual environments with their unstable population and continuous reformulation of their own raison d’etre.

This connects to the physicality of real-urbanism that loses its own purpose and function without networked technology, and to virtual environments that are losing their purpose without the physicality of human presence.

PANEL 1 – SUPERSTRUCTURAL DEPENDENCIES

Through the technological superstructure of cities, the fast development of mobile devices and the automation of services, the urban environment is undergoing rapid changes. With Superstructural Dependencies, a discussion opens on the effect of a state of complete dependency on such an artificial technical (urban) superstructure – not only regarding for instance resources like food, water or energy, but as well other key activities like communication.With Konrad Becker, Eric Kluitenberg and Michiel de Lange

PANEL 2 – VIRTUAL FLIGHT

Virtual flight depicts the slow movement from the autonomous exclusive realm of virtual worlds, toward something that is more connected to real world physicality. Stagnation in MMO worlds shows how technological, virtual platforms are dependent on a meaningful raison d’etre for individual participation, and that the massive euphoria around virtual online worlds from the mid 2000s ended in ontological dead-end, mostly because it didn’t take into account the complexities of social laws. With Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Ilias Marmaras, Jaakko Stenros.

The conference is made in collaboration with the Department of Media and Culture Studies of Utrecht University. Moderation: Matteo Pasquinelli and Kristian Lukic.

 


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