Graduate student Liheng Li created the video “Immaterial” for ARC3016 — a Master of Architecture thesis prep course taught by Professor John Shnier in the winter of 2016.
“The short film Immaterial explores the intersection between the intangible network of the internet and the physical city. The electronic devices we use connect together to create the ‘internet of things.’ As these devices quietly collect data in the background to understand our habits, they carefully curate the information that would appeal to us. This creates the potential for the internet of things to influence our movement and occupation of physical space through the agency we give to technology that we are not aware of. In the film, the ‘internet’ is depicted as an expanding framework of infrastructure and the physical form of the city is rematerialized under this new matrix of support.”
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