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Urban Genetics, Gaming and Networks of Transformation
January 13, 2003, 7:00 pm
Participant, Inc. 95 Rivington Street, between Ludlow and Orchard Streets
This session will bring together artists and architects who are analyzing and mapping the spatial and socio-political systems of the urban sphere through the processes of new media, gaming, mathematics, biology, and genetics.

Ivan Kucina, architect, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, will present his work with the Stealth Group based in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on "The Wild City: Genetics of Uncontrolled Urban Process." The urban changes in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in the past decade are not simply chaotic but rather are based on a series of actions, negotiations, transitions between traditional hierarchical structures and emerging dispersed systems. Urban genetics is the analysis of these changes with an eye towards mapping patterns of interaction (symbiosis, conflict, stability and change) between different actors, whether individuals or institutions, over time. One can imagine translating these strings of actions, or urban genes, into the computational realm to generate algorithms. Once the logic of these emergent processes has been exposed, is it possible to develop strategies to steer these processes?

Kucina received his MA in Architecture from the University of Belgrade and completed his thesis on transition in modern architecture in Belgrade between the two World Wars. Since 1997 he has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade. He has created images, video, magazines, exhibitions, installations, designs, research, workshops, furniture, interiors, and houses. Currently he is building a private house near Belgrade, programming personal housing generator software, and researching the genetics of wild city based on Belgrade's experience in the last decade. For more information see: www.archined.nl/wildcity


Ed Keller architect, multimedia artist, designer, and musician, New York, will present his work on "Gaming as the Urban Ludic and Augmented Reality." Urbanity can be re-envisioned as a vast, responsive external cultural memory system, and networked gaming as a nervous system that will radically change the storage and retrieval process. Keller will muse on the state of the urban and mediated "game" in general and discuss a game in progress in the a.CHRONO office.

Keller has been Adjunct Associate Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture since 1998 and was acting director of the Advanced Architectural Design Program in 2000-01. He has taught in architecture and new media programs at Pratt, Parsons, Bennington and RPI from 1996-1999. His current projects include: a.CHRONO | atelier chronotope, a design research studio he founded in 1998; pre-production work on the online interactive game a.BIO+ | aBiogeny Studios with Les Shih; Savage Practices, a cinema/architectural theory manifesto; a screenplay Forgetting Driving; and a.TONAL with Chris Perry, a sound installation/live music collaboration. His work Hypnagogue, a digital collaboration with artist/musician Perry Hall and Ocurix Films was screened at ISEA 97 and at the Video and Film for Architecture International Festival in Firenze, Italy, in 1997 and at several venues in New York from 1998 to 2001. For more information see: http://archrecord.construction.com/archrecord2/work/july02/GameDesign.asp


Shawn Patrick McLearen, artist and co-founder of CHOROS International Projects (New York), will present their current project Social Actors in Transformation (SAIT). In response to the rapid expansion and institutionalization of globalization discourse, SAIT is a series of international and interdisciplinary workshops, seminars, exhibitions, and site interventions that focus on activating the links between contemporary art, design, academia, and socio-political issues. With the overall goal of textually and visually mapping social transformation by tracing the volatile nature of globalization through a series of its local manifestations, professionals from the United States, the European Union, and the former Yugoslavia have been conducting research since 2000, and are now entering a phase of public dialogue through seminars in Minneapolis, Rotterdam, and Belgrade.