Platform imaginaries. Taking the scenic route on ViaVan and other dynamic map technologies

In cooperation with the Amsterdam Research Institute of the Arts and Sciences

14okt2019 17:00 - 18:30


Waze, Car2Go, Uber, ViaVan, Here, Google Maps, are amongst some of the most popular mapping technologies that support Amsterdam city life. They allow people to move efficiently around a city; they dynamically regulate the city’s chaos with a tap of a smartphone. In this edition of Platform Imaginaries we reflect on the way platforms are changing mobility in and around the urban environment with presentations from UvA lecturer and researcher Alex Gekker, Gerrit Rietveld Academie’s artistic researchers Esther Polak and Ivar Van Bekkum, and as moderator author of ‘The Platform Society. Public values in a Connective World’ Martijn de Waal.

Feet firmly concreted in geography and time, eyes fixated on the shining screen, maps in the palm of our hands, and GPS technologies tracking our every movement. It is impossible to be lost on this earth. Going on an adventure has never been harder in a world that has been mapped, mapped and mapped again; no stone unturned, no land undiscovered. The mapped world has helped us to navigate through the small roads, large oceans, and rocky terrains of the globe, and is arguably one of people’s greatest achievements. As the digital era flourishes, however, co-dependence on mapping technologies has risen. People are navigating, moving and acting according to digital platforms.

About Platform Imaginaries

Platform Imaginaries is a series of arts and digital cultures happenings initiated by ARIAS and hosted by SPUI25 that aims to empower artists, researchers and designers to formulate new platform imaginaries for and within the city.


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