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Research-Design in Public Interactives

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Research-Design in Public Interactives

Dr. Anne Balsamo, PI
2012-present

PUBLIC INTERACTIVES is a research-design project led by Dr. Anne Balsamo at the School of Media Studies at the New School.  The term Public Interactives names the broad category of mediated experiences that are now on offer in communal and public spaces.

  • Public Interactives are technological devices that serve as the stage for digitally mediated conversations with audiences members in communal spaces such as museums, theme parks, tradeshows, outdoor entertainment plazas, and urban streets.
  • Public Interactives include works of public art that evoke new experiences and perceptions through experiments with scale, mobility, built space, and modes of human engagement in public spaces;
  • Public Interactives are a mode of public communication designed to engage people through the use of digital media in conversations for the purposes of information exchange, education, entertainment, and cultural reproduction;
  • Public Interactives manifest the creative possibilities of ubiquitous computing
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Public Interactives Research Team (PIRT)


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Online Gallery of Public Interactives


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Shanghai World Expo Project