Digital Sites- Performative Views

World Academy of Science, Engineering & Technology (WASET)
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World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 2012, 64 pp. 105 - 109
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Webcam systems now function as the new privileged vantage points from which to view the city. This transformation of CCTV technology from surveillance to promotional tool is significant because its 'scopic regime' presents, back to the public, a new virtual 'site' that sits alongside its real-tiome counterpart. Significantly, this raw 'image' data can, in fact, be co-opted and processed so as to disrupt their original purpose. This paper will demonstrate this disruptive capacity through an architectural project. It will reveal how the adaption of the webcam image offers a technical springboard by which to initiate alternate urban form making decisions and subvert the disciplinary reliance on the 'flat' orthographic plan. In so doing. the paper will show how the 'digital material' exceeds the imagistic function of the image; shifting it from being a vehicle of signification to a site of affect.
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