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The Mobile Urban Stage Project (MUSe)

Project Leader: Michael Jemtrud

As an interactive, multimedia-based device, MUSe will enable performances and incorporate the information (environmental and contextual), narratives, and participation of the audiences through the integration of technologies such as projection, lighting, and sound; interactive sensors; mobile apps; social media; and associated web-based artifacts. The intention is to design, develop, and test the perfomative capacity of MUSe through collaboratively designed events in which the architectural object itself will participate and whose expression finds further embodiment in the virtual realm of networks and the world wide web. MUSe is designed as an intelligent technological apparatus that will support research-creation agendas seeking to understand the relation of the urban environment and the formation of publics through arts and ideas, media and mediation. MUSe is conceived to be a multimedia, mobile, and reconfigurable structure around which performances will be carried out in the city, publicly. As such, it subverts the notion of “stage” as an architectural object through its capacity “to stage” and participate in the events as a performative object. The MUSe design proposal includes an online web-based artifact that complements and communicates with the physical and interactive presence of this urban actor. It will enable modes of active engagement, investigation, and scholarly reflection between the urban environment and the aforementioned technological milieu currently transforming our cities, buildings, and notions of public space. As a sophisticated, flexible architectural-technical object it demarcates space and actively augments urban-architectural experience. It is through this collaborative research-creation activity that the primary objective to gain a greater understanding of the way in which the aforementioned ubiquitous technologies are transforming the urban-architectural sphere and consequently reveal alternative and rich possibilities in the formation of the contemporary public realm of the ‘ambient commons’.