Tower : Mobile utopia: Art and experiments exhibition

Kerr, Vicki (2017) Tower : Mobile utopia: Art and experiments exhibition. Mobile utopia: Art and experiments , Tower.

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'Tower' explores the architectural logic of the Air Traffic Control Tower - part of a hugely complicated infrastructural system supporting air transport, which seeks to minimize risk. regulate air traffic and facilitate the movement of people within the airspace system. As an architectural form, the tower is both dream and function-an expression of utopia and technological infrastructure. The tower 'sees' and is 'seen', thus occupying an order of perception that invites meaning, both in terms of utilitarian function and as a site in popular culture and imagination. Control towers are highly charged mythic spaces made even more so by being inaccessible to the public. To rest easy we need to believe that somewhere in the system there is a room full of people who know what they are doing. Call it the myth of competence - a fundamental, but not often remarked upon part of the psychology of the modern age.

Item Type:Contribution to a Show/Exhibition
Keywords that describe the item:mobilities, aviation, airspace, airports, air traffic control
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology. Visual Ethnography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Q Science > QE Geology
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:6129
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Deposited On:16 Dec 2018 04:37
Last Modified:16 Dec 2018 04:37

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