Greg J. Smith is a Toronto-based designer and researcher with interests in media theory and digital culture. Extending from a background in architecture, his research considers how contemporary information paradigms affect representational and spatial systems. Greg is a designer at Mission Specialist and a contributing writer at Creative Applications Network [CAN]. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications including: Rhizome, Current Intelligence, Vectors, the Handbook of Research on Computational Arts and Creative Informatics and Vague Terrain (which he co-founded in 2005). Greg has presented work at venues and institutions including Eyeo Festival (Minneapolis), the Western Front (Vancouver), DIY Citizenship (Toronto), Medialab-Prado (Madrid) and Postopolis! LA. He is currently an adjunct instructor in the CCIT program (U of T Mississauga/Sheridan College).
At Resonate, Greg presented articles and discussions relating to Mediated Cityscapes, how emerging technologies interface with the city:
Conversations about ubiquitous computing and the city often get anchored to specific paradigms: urban informatics, discussions of ‘smartphone urbanism’, open data drumbeating and any number of other stock frames of reference are usually engaged before more primary topics like civic engagement, class and our moment-to-moment experience of the city are broached. This is not entirely surprising as cities are monstrously complex assemblages – it is difficult to wrap our heads around the scale of the infrastructures, ideological forces and the flows of capital that shape the urban realm.
Greg’s slides from the talk: