Geomedia, by Scott McQuire, explores the relationship between media and cities, specifically what happens to the theory and practice of urban public space as mobile, embedded media devices, urban screens, and extended digital networks become more prevalent. The text contains a historically and theoretically rich account of the entanglement of media and city space, but McQuire stresses his is a less “media-centric” mode of analysis. In practice, this means he adopts an interdisciplinary approach to his work, taking into account debates from other fields, such as cultural studies, urban geography, and software studies. Certainly, his empirical research with artists using large screens for public events, for example, suggests that the book will have appeal across a range of disciplinary boundaries. Readers familiar with McQuire’s previous work will be aware of his book The Media City (2008) that also pursued a nonrepresentational approach, emphasizing...
Learning from Networked Public Space
James Branch is the program leader of the MA Communication Design course at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. He is a founding member of WSAiLab, an interaction and prototyping research lab at Winchester. His research interests include design research, science and technology studies, media theory, critical making, and practice-led research.
James Branch; Learning from Networked Public Space. Cultural Politics 1 March 2018; 14 (1): 129–131. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/17432197-4313041
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