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Mapping Urban Media Infrastructures (City Maps)

  • Birkbeck, Bloomsbury Campus (map)

In this workshop, Shannon Mattern from The New School and Rebecca Ross from Central Saint Martins will examine methods for exploring, excavating, observing, testing, and notating urban media infrastructures, broadly conceived – from historical traces of urban epigraphy to contemporary sensing technology, from traditional neighbourhood patois to pervasive personalized screens. The aim is to encompass the breadth of topics you are exploring in your doctoral research. And in devising observation techniques, we will consider how infrastructures make themselves known to us, or sense-able to us – or to other non-human urban denizens. We will ask how infrastructures are epistemological and affective apparatae, as well as how experimental cartographic methods might allow us to examine and imagine them differently.