human ecosystems

human ecosystems

Human Ecosystems is a family of real-time system capturing information from social networks to visualise the human geography of cities, across space, time and relations.

The Human Ecosystems of Cities is a family of projects whose aim is to understand the ubiquitous public spaces in our cities.

via art is open source, Salvatore et al..

tactics (bottom up, not legible, necessary as micro history – every day life – vs macro history)

strategies (top down, legible – but not getting at it)

7:53 – ie: two entirely different cities in the same space from language alone


Unseen is curated by Rocco DePietro and Gloria Pritschet

The quest to see lies at the heart of human urgency. To breach the barrier between the visible and the invisible is compelling, emotional, informative and even magical. This process of discovery has always driven thinkers and image makers: artists, scientists and philosophers, from astronomers to nanotechnologists, from documentarians and data analysts to planners and prognosticators. As the unseen becomes seeable and seen, a pivot occurs, revealing and demanding irreversible change. No one who has seen is ever the same.

there is never nothing going on.. quiet enough to see it ness

The invisible may be unseen for many reasons. It may be purposely covert for socio-political or military reasons, or to hide corruption or actions contrary to the public good. It may be inadvertently unseen because of the limits of technology or its applications, or the limits of human perception or comprehension. It may be willfully unseen from lack of curiosity, imagination, salience, awareness, or limitations of perceptual processes.


museum – as ubiquitous commons

The Real Time Museum of the City

What if there was a museum, in each city, which did not have in display paintings, sculptures or the archives and exhibits which we are all used to imagining when we think about Museums, but the “life of the city”, in real-time?

What if, in this Museum, you could play with the real-time life of the city, exploring the cultures, communities and relations which constantly form and transform in the city, between citizens of all ages, administrations, cultures, companies, organisations?

google sketchup  (seeclickfix and i wish this was a style) up via collaboratory space..

What if, in this Museum, you could learn how to understand these relationships, and how to use them to create a novel form of citizenship, in which citizens are positive, active, aware agents of their city, organising among themselves and with administrations and companies to promote and support the well-being of the city itself.

very resonating… for one – with the webs/app we prototyped in the be you house..

and more on Jodhbir‘s page


their presentation at transmediale 2015 in berlin:

slide 37 – like google sketch up ness above – wish this was a

slide 40 – also very Dror Yaron ish – gigapan

slide 43 – like people page – when use with blogger tiles functionality

slide 47 – 1 million dreams.. like daily curiosity mapping/connecting

slide 49 – rather than research patterns over time.. using them for daily connections

slide 51 – less focus on prediction.. more on shortening time between intention & action

slide 58 – stacks ? yes.. but not so much used for prediction and influence – stacks as large corporations…? that influence us..? (wish i could hear the talk)

slide 59 – haeccities ? – stacks create imago – representation of people..? searches imago for patterns – of a person – when it finds patterns – organizes them into forma? forma used to create predictions which influence us..?

dang. that seems so not human. like agi trying to insist on an algorithm for the unknown.. which sounds cool.. like a cure.. and aid.. but then makes the human a machine.. by limiting options.. by/boxing us in. no? how to be free when predictions are influencing us..? (ok.. i/we see clearly here.. but is this same thing subliminal to our good intention later?)

slide 60 – i don’t understand it.

61 – money? customers? – how does that fit with commons..?

70 – axciom hymn – ?

axiom was a company that was involved in the NSA’s rather controversial ‘prism’ set up. It also sold massive amounts of information to the US government. That is what the song is about.

100 – unless… gershenfeld ness.. and so money/identity/privacy et al becomes irrelevant.. no?

108 – ok. nice.

119 – commons not about common goods – but about people governing. nice. protection against free-riding..? how to tell that.. from never nothing going on ness.?

ubiquitos commons – pdf: 


feb 2015 – human ecosystems new haven:

Human Ecosystems New Haven – teaser: via @YouTube

Original Tweet:


jan/feb 2016

An artwork of this kind exposes the critical issues of the information era: privacy, invasive technologies,opportunities coming from Open Data, surveillance, the mutation of our habits and behaviours, thetransformation of labour, research and education with the advent of BigData, Artificial Intelligence and the emergence of power architectures represented by algorithms.

ps in the open et al


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