Issue 41 - Public Art 2.0: Media, Technology & Community in the Interactive City

Issue 41 - Public Art 2.0: Media, Technology & Community in the Interactive City
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Public Art 2.0:
Media, Technology & Community
in the Interactive City


A new era of public art is emerging, we call it Public Art 2.0. This issue reveals the cutting edge in innovative and interactive new forms of public art. Guest editor Steve Dietz, artistic director of the 01SJ Biennial (http://zero1.org ) in San Jose, CA, and the executive director of Northern Lights (http://northern.lights.mn ), presents eight feature articles that take you on a tour around the world to explore the convergence of several trend lines creating new and exciting possibilities for the artist working in the public sphere.

The themes explored in Public Art 2.0—community and the relation of the individual to the community and to the built environment—center around these key developments:
  • The ongoing miniaturization and increasing firepower of computing.
  • The increasing ubiquity of robust network connectivity.
  • The rise of locative services such as GPS and sensor networks that are constantly monitoring the environment.
  • Urban-scale displays, from large (enormous!) LED screens to multistory projections to media facades.
  • Muscular physical interfaces so that virtually any aspect of the built environment, from tables to sidewalks to bridges, can be interactive.

Together, all of these developments create a new playing field for the public artist, and perhaps most importantly, its audience, to interact.

In addition to the 2.0 section, we take an in-depth look at the field in Illinois (our featured state) and four cities: Portland, Winston-Salem, Greater Phoenix, and Tel Aviv. And there's plenty of book reviews, news, recent projects + publications to keep you in the know about the latest in the field of contemporary public art.

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