Artists and designers have long been incorporating media into the museum experience. Over the last decade a wide array of technologies have found thier way into the museum including GPS, RFID, infrared cameras and other locative sensors as well as networked objects, web-ready PDAs, cellphones and other devices. These technologies when paired with large-scale, immersive interfaces have allowed designers to create experiences that reinforce the value of the museum as a physical site of social interaction and learning. With its annual Horizon Report, the New Media Consortium forecasts trends in the adoption of technology into public and educational space.
Digital artist Scott Snibbe’s Social Immersive Media installations are unique in that they engage the audience both emotionally and physically by incorporating their body into a responsive physical experience that communicates complex message-driven content.
This week we will see the opening of the Sentient Cities Exhibition at the Urban Center. Toward the Sentient City explores the role of ubiquitous and embedded digital networks in our experience of urban and public space. The exhibition’s curator, Mark Shepard describes” a coming age of urban infrastructure capable of sensing and responding to the events and activities transpiring around them. Imbued with the capacity to remember, correlate and anticipate, this near-future “sentient” city is envisioned as being capable of reflexively monitoring its environment and our behavior within it, becoming an active agent in the organization of everyday life in urban public space.” The exhibition features the work of five groups commissioned to produce new work that speculates on the future of architecture, computing and sociology.