The course discusses current developments in the creative industry like urban games, urban screens, augmented reality. These so-called urban new media shape contemporary public space, open up the city to new playful experiences, allow new roles for its citizens and visitors, create new forms of urban agency, and invite alternative ways of navigating the city.
As part of the minor Creative Cities the course explores the entanglements between ICTs and the creative city by focussing on the following weekly themes:
- Introduction: Addressing complex urban problems with digital technologies in today’s smart and social cities.
- Spaces: Exploring the relationships between digital technologies and the city’s spatial layout and creative clusters.
- Citizenship: Leveraging the creative potential of cities through participatory culture, co-creation, mobile apps and open data.
- Media art: Creative critique on the smart city with locative media, digital art and urban screens.
- Interfaces and code: Navigating and authoring the city with location-based technologies and interactive cartography.
- Play and games: Reprogramming the city with urban games and play.
- Identities: (Re)creating urban subjectivities through quantified self, life-logging and mobile story-telling.