Aaron Bialick

Hi, I'm Aaron - I'm an exchange student from San Francisco State University in California, and I grew up just outside Los Angeles. My major is Communication Studies and I also want to study Urban Planning.

My transition from a car-oriented suburban area to the dense city of San Francisco inspired a great interest in the way we navigate and live in cities and how the physical environment affects our behavior. My new car-less lifestyle led me to become aware of the great benefits and the need to foster life with less cars. But I soon found a quickly-growing movement of others like me who were calling for more public space, livable streets, and a sustainable city. Now, San Francisco seems to be on the front lines of that movement with organizations like the SF Bicycle Coalition, which has become a powerful force in driving change.

So far in my visit, I've found Copenhagen and Aarhus to be great model cities with a tradition of planning around people rather than cars in contrast with the patterns I'm used to in the U.S. I've already greatly enjoyed my few weeks with the Danish people and city of Aarhus and hope to continue learning as much as I have been.

Hybrid Space: Chat Roulette

My subjective Map (sorry I couldn't make it smaller):


Reflecting on C(i)C:

1. what is your most memorable experience from this course? It could be with regards to readings, artworks or your assignments

- My most memorable experience was the subjective map we made in the snow with food coloring. Obviously it was the only activity that we did outside as a whole class, but I also enjoyed seeing such an illustration of how different our subjective geographical perspectives can be.

2. name the text that you liked the most (or that you learned most from) (or that provoked you the most). Why?

- I liked the text “From Cyber to Hybrid” by de Souza e Silva the most because I simply learned so much from it about the relationship between mobile technology and space. See the below answer for more.

3. name one thing that you have learned from the readings (or, which text did you like the most? Why?)

- I learned new ways in which to see our physical space in socio-digital contexts. I enjoyed most the readings about hybrid spaces because it really helped make more sense of our modern world for me. It's changing so rapidly with our use of technology that we barely even have a chance to really figure out what's going on. The hybridity of space as a concept is a great model to explain just what it is that is happening to the ways we see and use our physical space that are invisible to the naked eye.

4. which artwork/artifact/performance presented in class did you like the most (or provoked you the most). Why?

- I liked the audio walk by Janet Cardiff because it was so engaging. I hadn’t heard anything like it that invokes your imagination so much and immerses you so well in the setting that is painted for the listener.

5. what was your reply to the assignments? List them all and think about how to present them – as a whole – to others; as a collection, what have they contributed with to this course?

- My subjective map was an illustration of how I imagine Århus from my apartment in terms of familiarity. For my Hybrid Space, I presented the website Chatroulette.com as a hybrid space since it merges physical and digital space via webcams. My Audio-stand was a recording of my girlfriend's room while we were hanging out and talking with music. My .Walk consisted of directions based on following the presence of bicycles in the city. And finally, my mis-guide encouraged urban explorers to pay attention to people in windows and appreciate the private lives all around us in the city.

As a whole, I think the projects I produced offer one more interpretation of concepts discussed in this course that introduce new ways of thinking about our modern lives in the urban setting. They represent what I perceive the strongest when I think of things like hybrid space or a guided walk that is interactive with its surroundings.

6. which assignment do you find most in line with the course content? Why?

- I found the mis-guide to be most in line because it asked students to produce a new idea using very open criteria but guided by our expanded perspectives of urban space. And the overall content of this course seemed to be the idea that there are so many different ways to look at human use of and perceptions of the urban environment.

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