Transforming Pixel Hierarchies: The new Materiality of the City Image

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Proceedings for Creating Digital E-Motions, 2015, pp. 181 - 185
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The imaging of the contemporary city is a reflection of proprietary and civic ambitions and concerns. Referencing a series of tests that draw upon the urban webcam’s optical scan-order patterns, the paper reveals how their incorporation within the architectural surface can disrupt the camera’s capacity to create either a coherent, legible image or one that privileges selective areas of content. As a result, the paper shows how the numerical basis of the digital image establishes a direct and predictable relationship with the city’s viewed surface such that any narrativist interpretation or representation of urban space can be forestalled.
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