Situating Technologies in the Future

This fall’s art and technology fairs are ticking a lot of the same boxes. FutureEverything in Manchester has chosen as its theme The City Experiment – Doing it Together (I knew DIT would make it!), and will cover topics including art in the age of the iPhone and Android, adaptive cities, globally networked events, open data, data visualization, rapid prototyping, infinite bandwidth, remaking the city, serendipity, and – my favorites – “reality mining and community sensing”. The San Jose Biennial, 2010 01SJ, has announced the theme of Build Your Own World, stating, “The future is not about what’s next; it’s about what we can build to ensure that what’s next matters.” And last but definitely not least, the Prix Ars Electronica 2010 is seeking projects that deal with energy, mobility and access. If those aren’t codewords for urbanism…

To add to the excitement: Amphibious Architecture, commissioned by the League for last fall’s Toward the Sentient City exhibition, is currently third in the running to win the FutureEverything Award 2010. You can review the project and check out the other finalists here. Unfortunately, only past FE participants can vote for a project.
–Sarah Snider, Executive Assistant