TEK–FEST / PONTEVEDRA.16
– ON TECH TRENDS
WHAT IS TEK-FEST?
It is an international congress on emerging technologies (tech trends) that will take place in the city of Pontevedra during the summer of 2016. The congress will close with a great event between the 27th of September and the 1st of October which will consist of a number of activities such as workshops, conferences, installations and performances.
SCENES OF THE FUTURE:
FROM THE METROPOLIS TO THE DIGITAL CITY
Javier Maseda & Pedro Medina
There is a complex context of relationships between our dream city and the super-cities of the future, where communication appears at the center of social change, redefining lifestyles that technological development is pushing towards unprecedented experience stages.
The ‘city’ has been considered by thinkers such as Simmel, the archetypical place of contemporary sensibility, analysing through it –more specifically through a particular form: the metropolis– the existing relation with those values that will become decisive in the future, since cities will be most people’s environment in the 21st century. This is the discussion lab for a reality that is becoming more and more complex, one which German phenomenology already interpreted under the light of the radical rupture with the community that urban development means.
For such a context, we propose a line of thinking that allows us to have a glimpse at the upcoming challenges, considering technological innovations in a growing setting since the sixties: communications in the center of social transformation.
Here we will reconsider some terms such as smart city, introducing others like senseable city, real-time city or sharing city, to think about the new spaces for connecting and relating –networks in its most existential dimension– that have give place to systems that cross over the social fabric in which new communities emerge.
We are facing a new cartography, through which we will travel to an immediate future, articulating time and space in a virtual world; something that radically modifies our lifestyles. In this sense, we are trying to create a map of ideas and projects that helps us interpret this period of change we are living in, taking on Mies van der Rohe’s famous quote: ‘The housing of our time does not exist. However, the transformation of the lifestyle requires its realization.