Shitty Glitches in Smart Cities. Digital Guano for Knowledge and Action in the City

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[Unfortunately, the workshop is cancelled due to logistical reasons] This workshop will explore digital guano as a fertile ground for anarcho-epistemological or ludo-epistemological urban knowledge production and interrogates how we might imagine and create an infrastructure that would enable this digital guano to settle in and feed the city as a counter-balance to smart city rhetoric.

What you will get out of this workshop
The participants will have opportunities to present their work or cases, and participate in a series of collective workshop activities and discussions, such as a walkshop, urban exploration, and lo-fi prototyping.

Workshop theme
The city has always been a fertile breeding ground for radical, revolutionary ideas that were born on the ‘wrong’ sides of the tracks, rather than in the bright lights of arcades and broad avenues. The current smart cities discourse promoting large-scale corporate urban projects overwrites this urban palimpsest and limits the ability of “those without power … to make a history and a culture.” This workshop explores how the smart city’s invisible infrastructure that intends to reveal and act on all kinds of dark corners of the city, has similar sanitising effects, and importantly, how it may arouse urban glitches through chaos, resistance, unpredictability, and creative or plain destruction. We use the metaphor of “guano” to refer to these glitches and their related tactics, because, though they may be considered foul in the controlled urban environments, they can be useful fertilisers for civic action, evoking and enriching the participation of publics.

Jaz Hee-jeong Choi – Urban Informatics Research Lab, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology,Australia.
Bodo Balazs – Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam.
Sybille Lammes – Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick.
Laura Forlano – Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology

Date and location
Workshop 2
Title: Shitty Glitches in Smart Cities
Date: 22/4 10:00 – 17:00
Location: TBA

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