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Feral Screens

Issue: XXIII.6 November-December 2016
Page: 10
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Cally Gatehouse

As cities are transformed into networked publics through the installation of digital communication technologies, will they be able to accommodate and support the plurality of needs and desires of the people who live there? This project looks at urban screens through a critical lens by applying queer theory to an autoethnographic design process: The metaphor of "going feral" is used to design and build ambiguous devices that are then documented in public spaces. These feral screens are used as a prompt for reflection and to imagine alternative communication devices, networks, and practices.

Gatehouse, C. Feral screens: Queering urban networked publics. Proc. of the 2016 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems. ACM, New York, 2016, 99–104.

Cally Gatehouse, Northumbria University
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ins03.gif Feral screens question our relationship with public urban technologies.

A prototype Internet of Things application designed to assist users in minimizing their wardrobe.