Heat and noise (renao): Media ecologies and urban futures

Jonathan Bratt, Brandon Mechtley, Todd Ingalls, Garrett Laroy Johnson, Sha Xin Wei, Adam Nocek

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


In this paper we report on an ongoing collaborative research-creation project focused around urban socioaesthetic ambiences. This custom media system sonifies group movement. We propose a speculative application of real-time gestural computation of group activity and poetically composed media which scopes movement and computing to a realm of concerns endemic to public life. What's at stake is the role of media, sensing, and computation in the composition of urban futures, social experience and public life (the commons). The computation intends to catalyze and intensify renao poiesis, while attuning to possibilities for improvised public life to create novel and ethical public futures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMOCO 2019 - 6th International Conference on Movement and Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450376549
StatePublished - Oct 10 2019
Event6th International Conference for Movement and Computing, MOCO 2019 - Tempe, United States
Duration: Oct 10 2019Oct 12 2019

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference6th International Conference for Movement and Computing, MOCO 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Experiential systems
  • Group movement
  • Immersive environments
  • Process theory
  • Renao
  • Responsive media
  • Urban futures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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