Catch of the Cheshire Cat

Art, advertisements, tourist and traffic information and also architecture itself, fight for their space in the postmodern city, that has become an overloaded complex collage of images and signs. Technologies like mobile phones, PDAs and emerging augmented reality systems are offering unlimited space in a new, virtual layer of the city. They are blurring limits between high art, mass culture and information. Could they enable a transfer of information from the physical space into the virtual, so that the city itself would once again become a place of haptic and spatial values? What would this mean for an individual in society that is beginning to have stronger connections in the virtual space than direct contact with its immediate surrounding? Should we worry about or salute the emergence of new, personalized experiences in the augmented city of tomorrow, where everyone can be an artist and all information is everywhere and always available?

year: 2007
type: master thesis presentation
program: METROPOLIS, Master in Architecture and Urban Culture, Barcelona