Station of Commons investigates the possibilities of reappropriating technology within public space. The point of departure of the research questions both centralized knowledge and data centers operated by major organizations and its underlying social implications. What are the interdependences between the users, the providers, the services, the technology and related knowledge at work? And how to rethink another model of shared empowerment situated in time and space unique to its agent, or communities?
A Station of Commons operates as easily integrable on-line platform for sharing local resources. Resources as commons integrate the ideas of shared data, Open Source practices, artefacts and real time broadcast. The sustainability of exchange, the ways they interoperate, the ecologies of interaction between the Stations of Commons produce provocations for a better collective understanding on how the Commons are in constant flux and also at risk.
Each Station depends on its own means of production, way of thinking, learning and sharing. This position of autonomy reflects on the original concept of Internet: the equality in the relation client to server and the openness of the algorithmic process. The Station of Commons operates as a vibrant thinking space dedicated for tutorials, live performances and critical discussions around the practice of commoning and open technologies.
What is Station of Commons platform?
A agency of artistic digital practices, knowledge and know-how's to rethink means of production, communication and distribution using Open Source technology. The scope encompasses sound art broadcast, formal work on-line visual content publishing, research on new forms of collaborative and social network.
A space to for discursive forms with actors questioning commons and technology to represent a great diversity of knowledges and practices; architects, radical educator, media theorist, hacktivist, curators, musicians and artists exploring digital forms.
A series Situated Tutorials to provide both context and technical solutions for specific needs using open source technologies: create an audio server to broadcast over internet, create an local stream over Virtual Private Network, data migration from large scale private server to federated or community based platforms.
Station of Commons provides technical guidance and support for local communities to implement related Open Technology needs and inquiries.
A Station of Commons operates as a decentralized network of nodes that uses Internet without its hegemonic agency.
Subjects to explore
A reappropriation is never total, otherwise it would be a mere copy. The new production must modify, détourne, work with the subject matter.
The research on material to use RaspberryPi with various Linux distribution, and open source software.
The visual narratives of tutorials as ways of sharing contextualized practical and theoretical concepts.
The "gentrification" of software production and their relationship to contemporary architectural narratives.
How to think a temporally multi-dimensional space ?
How to define the precise subject matter within technological space taken into account the different temporalities ?
What is a critical practice of digital space in terms of labor, relation to institutions, radical political position ?
commoning practices, open source tools, situated tutorials
Master thesis supervised by Lysianne Lechot-Hirt in 2018 for completing the master Media Design @ HEAD Geneva.
This text provides an overview and comparative analysis of select contemporary methods used in smart urbanism in physical spaces. It aims to contribute a critical understanding of best practices in contemporary urbanism and public space.
By drawing on interviews with practitioners, including artists, designers, architects, and software developers; and by conducting the comparative analysis of three cases, this research provides new and sometimes opposing perspectives on the issue of smart urbanism. The diverse methods that are examined are broad and I will try to establish a typology.
Issues of decision making for public space can be divided into bottom-up and top-down planning. Bottom-up planning prioritises the hyper-local and top-down planning prioritises a master plan that is commonly developed from an institutional point of view.
The interviewees and the case studies are situated in between these two planning methodologies. Hopefully, this way of proceeding will show how these two types of urbanisms are not exclusive to each other. In working together, they may be able to create a better dialogue for the process of place making in public space and lighten the number of points to be discussed in this process.
The rise of many of DIY and guerrilla urbanism practices can be attributed to the lack of involvement of inhabitants and users of public spaces in their co-creation. As well, the lack of legal structures that facilitate temporary intervention or activities in public spaces has contributed to the rise of DIY and guerrilla urbanism.
The three case studies were chosen to better understand positive practices for participatory methods for conceptualising, designing and implementing the cases' proposals. Two examples come from Western European cities and one is based in Russia, but with outcomes that are global. Despite many efforts of diverse local or national authorities for establishing participative processes in urban decisions, there does not seem to exist a rule of thumb for creating an open hybrid channel - that is, one that is both digital and physical - for civic discussion about the future issues of the city. This essay intends to be the basis for a developing hypothesis on how a hybrid public space could exist.
Drawing from texts by Richard Sennett and other thinkers dealing with the concepts of the Public Sphere and the commons, I share freely this research, its references and documentation in depth on a dedicated website to be published in January 2019: https:/juangomez.co/hybridpublicspaces.
This thesis aims to help users of public space understand the digital infrastructural narratives presented by many private and institutional stakeholders, as well as citizen and independent initiatives for the use and co-creation of public space
master thesis, research