Visual rhetoric of smart cities: Between theoretical approach and an artistic practice for the conceptualization of the city through ICT.

Name: 
Catarina Patrício Leitão
Dates: 
October 26th to 30th, 2015
Abstract: 

If once, with Baudrillard, we were able to transpose into real the Jorge Luis Borges tale in which the cartographers could draw such a detailed map that covered­up point by point the empire ­ a fabulation that was to be achieved with GPS; today, with interactive portals of mobile applications, we are struck into the Aleph ­ where in an instant, and at one’s fingertips, the whole world is to be seen, with no overlapping and transparency.
The paradigmatic model for this development is the Smart City: it is both a promise of global experience, as well as postmodern governmentality under the surreptitious rhetorical guise of sustainability, mobility, environment and Mobilization For The Public Space.
Under the title «Visual rhetoric of smart cities: Between theoretical approach and an artistic practice for the conceptualization of the city through ICT», this Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) addressed the emergence of the ambivalent concept of smart cities through its imagery. Hosted by the Faculty of Architectural Theory of the Technisches Universität Berlin, this STSM was held with the support and supervision of the Architect and Researcher Jan Bovelet. The main research object were advertisements for smart cities under the premise of its visual rhetorical guises. Additionally, two art projects were drafted, articulating geoaesthetics with «a walk in» a cyberpark.