Invited speaker at Media Architecture Summit, Toronto, Sep 29 – Oct 1, 2016. My talk was titled Inquires of Urgency in Urban Media Art and Aesthetics and addressed the session topic of ’24-Hour Media Architecture’ from a critical perspective on how media aesthetics affect our urban ecosystems and the distinction between inquiries of emergency (as a neoliberal constructs) and inquiries of urgency (as actual problems in the world).
MAS 2016 explores the role of urban screens, interactive media façades, and large-scale public projections in architecture, public art, civic engagement and urban renewal. Beyond mere decoration, civic spectacle and city branding, Media Architecture can help to shape our collective identity through digital place-making, 24-hour architecture, and reanimating public space. Held for the first time in North America, MAS 2016 features artists and designers, architects, scholars, and representatives from the cultural sector and industry presenting a range of projects including context aware illuminated spaces, architectural projection, animated building façades, and interactive installations inviting spontaneous public performance.