From movie screens to moving screens : mapping qualities of new urban interactions
Foth, Marcus, Fischer, Florian, & Satchell, Christine (2013) From movie screens to moving screens : mapping qualities of new urban interactions. In Geiger, Jordan, Khan, Omar, & Shepard, Mark (Eds.) MediaCity : International Conference, Workshops and Exhibition Proceedings, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, pp. 194-204.
Next generation screens of diverse dimensions such as the Pebble e-paper watch, Google’s Project Glass, Microsoft’s Kinect and IllumiRoom, and large-scale multi-touch screen surface areas, increasingly saturate and diversify the urban mediascape. This paper seeks to contribute to media architecture and interaction design theory by starting to critically examine how these different screen formats are creating a ubiquitous screen mediascape across the city. We introduce next generation personal, domestic, and public screens. The paper critically challenges conventional dichotomies such as local / global, online / offline, private / public, large / small, mobile / static, that have been created in the past to describe some of the qualities and characteristics of interfaces and their usage. More and more scholars recognise that the black and white nature of these dichotomies does not adequately represent the fluid and agile capabilities of many new screen interfaces. With this paper, we hope to illustrate the more nuanced ‘trans-scalar’ qualities of these new urban interactions, that is, ways in which they provide a range functionality, without being locked into either end of a scale.
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