New media andDigital media; media and urban space; networked culture; urban communication; digital storytelling (mobile media; locative media; social media; media theory; media art; digital cinema)
Scott McQuire is Professor of Media and Communications in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is one of the founders of the Research Unit for Public Cultures which fosters interdisciplinary research at the nexus of digital media, contemporary art, urbanism, and social theory. His research explores the social effects of media technologies, with particular attention to their impact on the social relations of space and time, the formation of identity, and the functioning of contemporary cities. Scott is the author of Visions of Modernity: Representation, Memory, Time and Space in the Age of the Camera (1998), The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space (2008), which won the 2009 Jane Jacobs Publication Award offered by the Urban Communication Foundation, and most recently Geomedia: Networked Cities and the Future of Public Space (2016). The Media City has been translated into Chinese (2011, 2014) and Russian (2014) and Geomedia will be translated into Chinese in 2017. He is also the editor of Empires Ruins + Networks: The Transcultural Agenda in Art (with Nikos Papastergiadis, 2005) and the Urban Screens Reader (with Meredith Martin and Sabine Niederer, 2009), and has published over 100 essays in refereed journals, edited books and exhibition catalogues. He has been Chief Investigator on nine Australian Research Council grants, including current projects Aboriginal Youth and Digital Storytelling, and Creative Precincts and Urban Space. Scott was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2013 and sits on a number of senior University committees, including the Executive Committee of the Melbourne Networked Societies Institute, the Research Unit for Public Cultures and the advisory board of the Microsoft Social NUI Research Centre.
I am interested in supervising projects in the field of digital media, networked society and digital images. One strand of my research focuses on the intersection of media and cities, and extends to urban communication, media and architecture and communicative cities. A second strand concerns digital media art, including large-scale public art as well as the new forms of sociality emerging from circulating and archiving digital images in the context of social media applications and services. Finally, I have a broad interest in different aspects of the networked society, including the effect on traditional media sectors and the emergence of new practices of content creation, new business models and regulatory settings.