I was invited by MUTEK to moderate this panel during the MUTEK_IMG Festival in Montreal, for which MUTEK had invited a number of creators and curators from Montréal and abroad to present their work, including Thibaut Duverneix, Jean-François Larouche, Max Nova, and Martin Posta.
We discuss ‘the next frontier’ in digital imagery in terms of where we are heading, how digital imagery in the public space participates in digital culture, urban formation and change. Also, how digital imagery in urban space on the one hand reflect and engage tendencies in digital culture at large (where we are at in technological culture, with our literacy and technogenesis); and how digital imagery (through tactics, materiality, behaviors, and urban integration) may seek to change or re-direct digital culture and technological innovation that condition our urban experiences today. How are they not only demonstrating the ‘next frontier’ in terms of technological and conceptual excellence but also pushing the frontier in terms of furthering more socioculturally sustainable conditions in public space (conditions of our senseable adaption to our environment, and the habits they encourage)?
With my introduction I ask: How does the next frontier of digital imagery in public space contribute not only to regeneration in the (local) concrete urban context but also play a role in our (global) human and cultural coping with digital culture (not least in perspective of our increasingly intelligent urban public spaces (and the smart city paradigm))? In other words: Are our digital imagery in the urban space taking us culturally and environmentally to futures in which we want to live?