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Media Art and the Urban Environment

Engendering Public Engagement with Urban Ecology

  • Francis T. Marchese


  • Highlights the role of artists as innovators and agents of technological change

  • Presents artists’ viewpoints, complementing and expanding upon perspectives on urban engagement from technologists

  • Provides a truly interdisciplinary discussion of a topic at the intersection of art, science, technology and culture


Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 5)

Table of contents

About this book


This illuminating text formally appraises the innovative ways new media artists engage urban ecology. Highlighting the role of artists as agents of technological change, the work reviews new modes of seeing, representing, and connecting within the urban setting.

Across fourteen chapters, the book describes how state-of-the-art technology can be exploited in order to create artworks that transcend the technology’s original purpose, thus expanding the language of environmental engagement whilst also demonstrating a clear understanding of the societal issues and values being addressed.

Topics and features:

  • Explores urban ecology and its engagement, surveying a diverse range of artists, artworks and performances
  • Assesses how data from smart cities may be used to create artworks that can recast residents’ understanding of urban space
  • Examines dynamic transformations of urban space through the reimagining of urban information
  • Discusses the engagement of urban residents with street art, including collaborative community art projects and public digital media installations
  • Presents unique perspectives from practicing artists, architects, urban planners, and authoritative critical theorists

Presenting the issue of urban engagement from a viewpoint at the intersection of art, science, technology, and culture, this broad-ranging volume will appeal to an equally wide audience. Researchers in human-computer interaction, visualization, and urban studies will all benefit from the collected essays and the examples they describe, as will digital artists involved in urban art.

Dr. Francis T. Marchese is Professor of Computer Science at Pace University, New York, USA, where he is the founder and director of Pace’s Center for Advanced Media and the Pace Digital Gallery. His publications include the Springer title Knowledge Visualization Currents.


Digital Art Ecological Art New Media Art Smart Cities Urban Ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Francis T. Marchese
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer SciencePace UniversityNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Media Art and the Urban Environment
  • Book Subtitle Engendering Public Engagement with Urban Ecology
  • Editors Francis T. Marchese
  • Series Title Future City
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-15152-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-35696-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-15153-3
  • Series ISSN 1876-0899
  • Series E-ISSN 1876-0880
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 299
  • Number of Illustrations 138 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Urban Ecology
    Computer Appl. in Arts and Humanities
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