Workshop “Alternative Urban Interfaces for The (Ir)responsible Scancar”

20 February 2024 | 9:30 – 17:30
MCW Lab, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20 room 005 (theater space downstairs)
The workshop is open to RMA students. They can get 2 EC (via RMeS) when they write a 1500 word workshop report (more details will be given by the instructors).
Register by sending an e-mail to: m.l.delange@uu.nl and d.forster@uu.nl 
In this full-day workshop, we will use a critical making approach to develop alternative imaginaries for the smart scanning car. Many municipalities deploy sensor-equipped cars that scan license plates to check whether cars have paid for their parking. In addition, cities are working on other possible usage scenarios of these cars, from apparently benign spotting of litter and broken infrastructures to more sinister plans for crowd surveillance during Corona times (fortunately never realized). The rise of smart urban technologies like the scanning car raises thorny questions about what kind of future city we envision, what the role of media technologies might be in such scenarios, and what possible agency and roles ordinary people can have in such visions. Dominant ’smart city’ imaginaries tend to center on control, efficiency, and individual convenience by erasing frictions. By contrast, we are more interested in imagining smart city alternatives that are more critical, speculative, participatory, collective and responsible.
The workshop is organized by: Michiel de Lange, Desirée Förster, Tessa Steenkamp; Governing the Digital Society, [urban interfaces] research group, as part of the Urban Interfaces RMA course. The workshop is open to RMA students. They can get 2 EC (via RMeS) when they write a 1500 word workshop report (more details will be given by the instructors).