Image from the essay “politics of public space in the media city”
Scott presented the keynote “Networked Cities and Public Space” as part of the framing day at the 22 Vogel Street venue in Dunedin’s historic warehouse district.
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Scott McQuire joined the Media and Communications Program in 2001 and co-founded the Spatial Aesthetics research program for interdisciplinary research linking the fields of new media, contemporary art, urbanism, and social theory in 2004. He is the author or editor of 7 books and over 100 essays in journals, books and exhibition catalogues. His most recent sole-authored book The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space (Sage/Theory Culture and Society 2008) won the 2009 Jane Jacobs Publication Award presented by the Urban Communication Foundation. His most recent collaborative book is the Urban Screens Reader (2009) co-edited with Meredith Martin and Sabine Niederer.
Scott has been Chief Investigator on seven grants from the Australian Research Council. He has also received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts, and has undertaken research consultancies for the Communications Law Centre, the Communications Alliance, the Australian Film Commission and the Australian Key Centre for Media and Cultural Policy. He has held a number of research fellowships including visiting fellowships at the Department of Film, Theatre and Television, UCLA (1998) and a visiting fellowship at the Celeste Bartos International Film Study Center, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2000). Scott is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society at the University of Melbourne where he co-chairs the Social Infrastructure and Community theme.
Scotts research explores the social effects of media technologies, with particular attention to their impact on the social relations of space and time, the formation of identity, and the dynamics of cities. He is Chief Investigator on two ARC funded projects. Large Screens and the Transnational Public Sphere (2009-13) is a five year project exploring the potential for linking up large video screens in public spaces in Melbourne and Seoul for live events using specially commissioned interactive artworks. Participatory Public space: A right to the networked city (2012-14) explores the interplay between technology, policy, culture and user-led innovation in the context of networked public space. Scott is also currently completing a book GEOMEDIA: networked cities and the politics of public space for Polity press.