دانلود کتاب Media Art and the Urban Environment
More than half the residents of the globe now live in cities and must strive to flourish in densely crowded urban environments characterized by inequality, social conflict, and enormous potential for growth and change. New media artists working in urban settings are stimulating awareness, altering our perceptions of, and relationships with urban space through their digital inventions and interventions. These innovations can be used in the development of future practices for helping residents, not only cope with the daily challenges created by the urban environment, but also flourish despite the inequality, spatial density, social conflict, and disorganization that are symptomatic of cities.
The purpose of this book is to formally appraise the ways new media artists engage in urban ecology. It gathers together essays from artists, architects, urban planners, and critical theorists to consider these new modes of seeing, representing, and connecting within the urban setting. What makes this book unique is that it spotlights artists instead of technologists as innovators and agents of technological change. Because these individuals create socially motivated artwork, they possess a clear understanding of the societal issues and values they wish to address. And because these artists know how to exploit state-of-the-art technology, they can creste artworks that transcend the technology’s original purpose, thus expanding the language of environmental engagement.
For the purpose of this volume, urbun ecology may be defined in a twofold way. From the natural science perspective, urban ecology investigates the biological structures and environmental processes that support them in urban spaces. Here, urban ecology focuses on plant populations, animal communities, and environmental effects, including human, on them. A complementary definition takes an anthropocentric view where humans are at its center. The field of urban ecology then expands its emphasis to the improvement of Irving conditions for human residents as part of an augmented characterization of an ecosystem that includes theories from social and planning sciences.
This volume is composed of 14 chapters distributed across three general areas: urban ecology and its en apartment remaining and transforming the city, and the view from the streets.
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نویسنده: Francis T. Marchese
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