Public Interfaces Conference

Conference and PhD workshops

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12-14 January 2011
Aarhus University, Denmark
Kasernen, building 1584, rooms 124 & 120

Public Interfaces Conference brings together researchers from Aarhus University, University of Plymouth, and guests to address the broad theme of Public Interfaces as part of ongoing research in Digital Urban Living. It is organized by Center for Digital Urban Living and DARC (Digital Aesthetics Research Centre), Aarhus University  in collaboration with Dept. of Aesthetic Studies.

Emerging from DARC’s ongoing research around interface criticism, the aim is to broaden issues to encompass the development of urban interfaces, and the changing concept of the ‘public’. What do we mean by public interface now?

Research questions
Whilst experimentation and developments in the culture of free software reflects emergent and self-organizing public actions, how does this modify our understanding of public interfaces? Can the public interface be used as a useful concept for understanding changing relations between public and private realms within other fields? Does the public interface offer a way of further examining relational aesthetics, the cultural regeneration agenda and public art? Does the public interface provide new understandings of the relationship between creative production and the free market sphere? How does the possible dissolution of the public and private spheres relate to bio politics and contemporary forms of power? Does the public interface suggest new borders or even the dissolution of borders between the public and private, humans and machines, the centre and periphery?

Three thematic strands
The conference and workshop are organised into three thematic strands.
– The public interface as art
– The public interfaces of urban space
– The public interface and capital.

– Geoff Cox, Post Doc, Digital Urban Living, Dept. of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University
– Jacob Lund, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Aesthetic Studies, Aarhus University
– Christian Ulrik Andersen, Associate Professor & Chair of DARC, Digital Urban Living, Dept. of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University.

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