Research

2016
  • Disrupting the City: Using Urban Screens to Remediate Public Space

  • Dave Colangelo, Claude Fortin, and Jean Dubois
  • Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium for Electronic Arts, Vancouver, August 2015
  • For over a decade, human-computer interaction (HCI) research placed a great deal of emphasis on studying interaction, engagement, and appropriative practices in online technology-mediated social environments. Moving forward, however, we see computing systems increasingly designed to support digitally-augmented face-to-face interactions in public settings. As far back as the nineteen seventies, new media artists anticipated this interactive potential of digital public displays to foster new forms of situated interactions in urban space, quite distinct from mobile computing in that they altogether exclude online connections or exchanges. Drawing on examples of practice, this paper discusses and showcases some of the key creative strategies, which panelists deploy in order to remediate interactive screen technology into a platform that has the power to disrupt the ordinary course of our everyday experience within increasingly media saturated cities.

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2016
  • Expressive Cartography and the Aesthetics of Public Visualization (article)

  • Patricio Davila, Dave Colangelo, Maggie Chan, Robert Tu
  • Leonardo
  • Aesthetic visualization projects that incorporate users, community stakeholders, multiple modalities and technologies necessarily emphasize the way that an artistic visualization can be both an artifact and a process — a conceptualization of aesthetic visualization that is useful for thinking about visualization in general. In this paper, the authors propose the concept of the visualization as boundary object, a move away from the indexical claims of visualization and instead towards an acknowledgement of the entangled nature of social, political, economic, cultural, technological and environmental actants. Through a description of the In The Air, Tonight public visualization project, the authors suggest that by making manifest the connections between these actants, a visualization project, as a form of expressive cartography, can contribute to the visibility of and engagement with important issues (e.g., homelessness) that affect society.

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2015
  • An Expanded Perceptual Laboratory: Public Art and the Cinematic Techniques of Superimposition, Montage and Apparatus/Dispositif

  • Dave Colangelo
  • Public Art Dialogue 5(2): 112-130
  • The application of the moving image in public space expands and extends the techniques of cinema — namely superimposition, montage and apparatus/dispositif — threatening either to dehistoricize and distract or to provide new narrative and associative possibilities via public art. These techniques also serve as useful tools for analysis drawn from cinema studies that can be applied to examples of the moving image in public space. Historical examples such as the multi-screen experiments of Charles and Ray Eames, and contemporary public projections such as Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection, Robert Lepage’s The Image Mill, my own project entitled Workers That Live in the Mirror and Daily tous les jours’ McLarena at Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles specifically illustrate the ways that public projections extend the effect of superimposition through the rehistoricization of space, expand the diegetic boundaries of the moving image through spatial montage, and enact new possibilities for the cinematic apparatus and dispositif through scale and interaction for the purposes of challenging historical narratives and scripts of urban behaviour. The large-scale moving image in public art extends the perceptual laboratory of cinema to public space preparing us for more mutable, oneiric, and cinematic spaces in and through public art.

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2015
  • Curating Massive Media

  • Dave Colangelo
  • Journal of Curatorial Studies 4(2): 238-262
  • The European Union’s media art initiative Connecting Cities and New York-based Streaming Museum are two recent examples of curatorial models that operate through large, networked digital displays. This growing exhibition category combines expressive media architecture and telecommunication elements to engage ‘trans-local’ sites and diverse publics in complex media spaces. By investigating the confluence of exhibition-making, public art and urban experience, this article explores the relationship between spectacle and criticality with respect to shifting notions of space, identity and ‘the common’.

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2015
  • The Line

  • Patricio Davila, Dave Colangelo
  • Land|Slide Exhibition Catalogue
  • A selection of photographs from our installation plus a brief introduction to the project is included in this publication documenting all the artist projects from the Land|Slide exhibition.

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2014
  • CoPerformance: A rapid prototyping platform for developing interactive artist-audience performances with mobile devices

  • Symon Oliver, Bohdan Anderson, Patricio Davila
  • Mobile HCI 2014 Conference Proceedings. Toronto, Canada
  • Mobile HCI 2014, Toronto, Canada
  • This is an extended abstract describing the technology developed to provide mobile-phone based interaction to accompany live performances.

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2014
  • Expressive Cartography and the Aesthetics of Public Visualization (paper)

  • Patricio Davila, Dave Colangelo, Maggie Chan, Robert Tu
  • IEEE Vis 2014 Conference Proceedings
  • IEEE Vis 2014 Arts Program, Paris, France
  • This paper posits that visualization should be considered as expressive cartography and as an event rather than simply artifacts in order to acknowledge the various discursive and performative aspects of this kind of practice. It uses the In The Air Tonight installation project as an example to explain this concept.

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2013
  • Criticality and Design: The Pursuit of Authenticity

  • Patricio Davila
  • Menlo Park
  • The problems with criticality in design practice are discussed through the lens of recent theories of art and sociology of technology.

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2013
  • Public Interface Effects: Re-embodiment and Transversality in Public Projection

  • Dave Colangelo, Patricio Davila
  • Leonardo Transactions
  • The problems with criticality are discussed through recent theories of art and sociology of technology and the argument for the importance of this issue in the practice of design is made.

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2013
  • The Aesthetics of Public Visualization

  • Patricio Davila
  • Data is Beautiful (conference proceedings)
  • Data is Beautiful, Kitchen Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
  • This article is a expansion of the themes presented in the Data is Beautiful Conference. It discusses the notion of aesthetics as a consideration that goes beyond beauty incorporate visuality, visibility and public engagement.

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2012
  • Light, Data, and Public Participation

  • Patricio Davila, Dave Colangelo
  • Leonardo Electronic Almanac 18 (2)
  • This article is based on an interactive pubic visualization project with the CN Tower and Rogers Communication and a presentation done at the ISEA conference in Istanbul. It attempts to describe the theoretical, historical, technological conditions and the practices of designers and artists that contribute to the current context in which participation and visualization in public is taking place.

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2011
  • E-Tower and Public Space: Transforming space through reactive architecture and personal mobile devices

  • Dave Colangelo, Patricio Dávila
  • CHI 2011 (conference proceedings)
  • CHI 2011, Vancouver, Canada
  • In this paper we describe the theoretical background of E-Tower, a mobile phone based interactive installation with the CN Tower for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche 2010.

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