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Participation and Visibilty in Hybrid Realities

Negotiating Digitalisation in Commuter Trains

Project Details

  • Consortium:

    Universität Salzburg

    Universität Wien

    Bertha von Suttner Privatuniversität

    FH Technikum Wien

Project Contact Information

  • Brita Krucsay, University of Vienna


This transdisciplinary project explores how socio-technical realities are negotiated and (re)produced in digitally augmented public spaces.

Starting from questions of social participation and visibility, we design digital interventions in transient physical spaces that allow participants to explore both “layers” of data in terms of digital realities, as well as their mutual relations through them. In selected compartments of commuter trains, changing social groups of participants have the opportunity to interact through projections and use an augmented reality app to explore and negotiate with each other those data that describe train passengers in their interconnectedness with technology and the passing environment. In the context of critical design interventions, novel hybrid “agoras” emerge that trigger processes of negotiation and critical reflection on the role of humans within those socio-technological entanglements that establish order and normalize social power relations.

Outcome Summary

follows with the completion of the project