Plato’s cave: public space transformed

Gumpert, G. & S. Drucker, 2004, Plato’s cave: public space transformed, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh

  • Author : Gumpert, G. & S. Drucker
  • Year : 2004
  • Published in Book : Open space, people space
  • Abstract in English : Public space has always been shaped by the extant media landscape. Portable public privacy meets the needs of a public alienated, disconnected and distrusting of public spaces. Public interaction itself is being transformed into ‘disembodied private space’ by mobile technologies. From mobile phones to Wi-Fi, to the pull of media-filled private spaces, communication technologies are redefining human-environment relationships. This paper explores the relationship of media technology and the social functions of public space. It will examine the concepts of ‘displacement’, ‘replacement’, and psychological presence, and the ways in which digital connection reconstitute the paradigm of place and location.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: mobile telephone, Wi-Fi, acoustical Space, public Space, communication. [paper 5 p.]