From Smart City to Urban Digi-Doomsaying

Dez 21st, 2018 | By | Category: Ideal Spaces, Spatial concepts, Topics


Daniël Ploeger
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, E-Mail:


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Creating a counterpoint to commonplace imaginaries of the smart city as a utopian space where all problems are solved through digital optimization of the socio-cultural status-quo, Dani Ploeger’s public artwork Post-Apocalypse Smart City Lagoon uses an icon of smart city ideology – the QR code – to invoke visions beyond the impending catastrophe of techno-consumer culture. Drawing from Jean-Pierre Dupuy’s concept of enlightened doomsaying, QR codes on public trash cans across Venice lead to immersive digital videos that show the Venetian Lagoon after the water has risen and only floating trash cans remain.


Smart city, utopia, catastrophe, QR code, digital art


Karen Elizabeth Bishop “Open Spaces in Time: Kairos as Design for Rebuilding Memory Sites”, Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts, ISSN 1868-6648, vol. 10 (2018), 72 – 74, Article ID, Pages: 3

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KIT Scientific Publishing, Karlsruhe | Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts | ISSN 1868-6648