Aud 1.-Bygn 1441 "Essentially a Hybrid Space"

Aud 1- Bygn 1441.

Looking for a hybrid space, one of the most simple I have found, but not less attractive for it simplicity is the Auditorium 1 in the building 1441 of the theological faculty. This is the headquarters of most of the lectures of the English Department. From Monday to Friday, the university students we have to attend part of our courses there.

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At the very beginning, you see people wandering around the premises of the auditorium, taking seat in order to start a new lecture. However, followed by this human dance, the sounds of a digital orchestra start: Operating Systems giving the welcome to the new user session, fingers writing messages through mobile phones to remote places or not. It is at this moment when you realize the interaction is not only going to be between the professor and the alumni, there is something more.

Therefore, and according to words of Adriana de Souza e Silva, there has been a shift from the static to the mobile interfaces which allows new performances to the people belonging to social networks. Illustrative examples of these changes are:
1. Facebook: This ubiquitous social network and its enfolded sub-networks represents one of the most representative virtual communities that have settled in the cyberspace.
2. First Class: This intranet represents the university community virtually, and also works as augmented reality where the physical notes are substituted by files enfolded in conferences.
3. Fashion Magazine: The fabulous fashion catalogue where you can find all the new stuff for the season.
4. Rejseplanen: The Danish Journey Planner offers complete information concerning the best means of terrestrial transportation around Denmark.
These interfaces reshape our perception of the space blurring the physical barrier of the auditorium and giving way to a different types of interaction with other people.

In conclusion, the auditorium is a clear example of hybrid space.

References

de Souza e Silva, Adriana (2006), “From Cyber to Hybrid: Mobile Technologies as Interfaces of Hybrid Spaces”, Space and Culture, 9 (3), 261-78.

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