Imagining Better Cities.

I actually didn’t have a proper title for my TEDxYork talk, but I reckon the name they gave the youtube entry does a pretty good job. Now available for viewing at your leisure: me, ranting about Art and the City:

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5 Responses to “Imagining Better Cities.”

  1. adamwells July 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Hi Hannah,

    I was interested in your comment that people see technology as a tool not a material. Gave me genuine pause for thought.

    Thinking about it more, is a material nothing more than another tool anyway?

    I work as an animator, but thats only because I find the tools to be unrestrictive and connivery the things that I want. If i were to leverage the the technology as a material I would end up in some strange anti-theory place (which is a really interesting place to be but not always was I am aiming for).

  2. Hannah Nicklin July 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Hi Adam, thanks for commenting, and I’m sorry about the delay in replying, massive backlog in work to blame for that.

    I think I would separate material/tool in two ways. 1) tools are invisible to the final piece of work, a material is not 2) materials are integral to a piece of work, tools are not.

    Those may be two slightly different ways of saying the same thing, but what I’m calling for is an approach and understanding of technology beyond ‘it can help me do something’; rather think ‘it can be something’

    Does that go some way to answering your post? I would argue that in many ways you are using technology as canvas in digital animation, however, something about the form and aesthetic of tech in animation has yet to be reached, the potential of digital space for interraction, for generative programming, for it to escape the spaces between screens (html5), and for how it changes on/in different devices (mobile, HMDs etc)… so not anti-theory (I hope).

    Am definitely blathering now.

  3. adamwells August 1, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Hummmm, so I suppose your saying that technology is the work.
    But id also say that alot of people they are striving to make their materials as invisible as the tools that they work with (site specific theatre been one of them.) They don’t want you to be at the theatre, they want to be in the scene.

    With your headphone projects as an example; if you could create the sounds outside of the headphones in a convincing manner for people to hear and experience would you? Or would you stick with headphones as a creative choice?

    Dont worry about the blather, I am a guilty as any (see above). Also I hope you enjoyed my home town of York.

  4. Hannah Nicklin August 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Aha! Site specific theatre to me is exactly what I mean; when done well it is about making the site the material – it could not exist or work in its current guise in any other place. That’s not a making invisible, that’s about a making integral, which is sometimes about a making visible, a making new, or just a re-inventing; all of which are useful in the fuller context of my talk about reclaiming technology in the city.

    Headphones are important to my headphone shows, because I make them for headphones; sounds in your ears, that only you can hear, applied to your world, augementing it. To change the manner of receiving should change the work.


  5. Werner Egipsy Souza August 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Interesting video, in light what is happening in London today.
    The formatting of the video could be done better.

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