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Prototyping the Idiotic City / Conference

Prototyping the Idiotic City

Goldsmiths –– RHB 137
Tues 5 June 2018 @ 9:30AM –> 4:30PM


Alison Powell, London School of Economics

Gyorgyi Galik, Royal College of Art, London/Umbrellium

Jennifer Gabrys, University of Goldsmiths

Mike Michael, University of Exeter

Noortje Marres, CIM, University of Warwik

Ola Söderström, University of Neuchâtel

Uriel Fogué, ESAYA, UEM

CISP & Fondecyt N°1180062


In recent years, the notion of smartness has gained pervasive prominence in
various spheres of social life and the ways that cities can be known,
planned and governed. Data collection is now enabled through embedded
sensors and devices in urban space, particularly in the development of the
Internet of Things. Autonomous mobility and other smart city initiatives
make cities appear to be manageable and controllable in (near) real-time
through smart analytics and dashboards. In developing these innovations,
new modes of laboratorization and experimentation are deployed in order to
test technological ‘solutions’. Against the grain of a sterile
proposed by the smart city, we want to problematize the various kinds of
smartness that are programmed and inscribed into this debate, as well as
question the newness of it. What, in other words, are the failures and
breakdowns that slow down and counteract the supposed smoothness of the
smart city? Through a one-day workshop we invite researchers to creatively
incorporate the “murmur of the idiot” (Stengers, 2005) into situations in
which new relationships with our ‘smart’ surroundings can be built.
the event, each presenter discusses an idiotic object or situation. Each
speaker, together with the audience, will then try to further the idiocy of
other speakers cases.

For more information see the attached.

Organising committee

- Michael Guggenheim (Goldsmiths, University of London)

- Martin Tironi (School of Design, Pontificia
Universidad Católica de Chile)

- Liam Healy (Goldsmiths, University of London)

- Fabian Namberger (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Event is free, please register here:

Martin Tironi, PhD

Visiting Fellow (2018)
Centre of Invention and Social Process
Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
Assistant Professor
Escuela de Diseño
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


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