Found Conor McGarrigle’s work online and was amazed by the ways he applies the notion of hybrid space to his work. A hybrid space happens
where the distinction between information space and real physical space collapses, while hybrid space is increasingly a reality it still requires access to the necessary hardware.
One of the projects, Semacode City,
was a sticker based locative media intervention which took place on the streets of Dublin around Bloomsday June 16th 2010. A number of QR tags or semacodes were placed around the city in prominant places which are associated with Joyce’s Ulysses. Each QR code contained a location specific text from Ulysses which could be read with a mobile phone. Without a phone the tags were meaningless.
A new interdisciplinary field of design, researching the transformations of architectural, urban/regional space of the emerging “information age”, explores the dynamic interaction of architecture/urbanism and the space of mass media and communication networks. It develops scenarios for the interplay of public urban and public media space. The products of these alliances of urban/regional and media networks, of architectural and media space, are bastards: ambivalent spaces that are at the same time analog and digital, tactile and abstract, material and immaterial, expanding hyper-sensuality in the time- and placelessness of media flows. These hybrid spatial morphs act simultaneously in urban (local) and media (global) space and mediate between them, unfolding the undefined space between the local and the global, occupying the vacuum between local place and global space. Within the inversions of identity (communication), within the fluid ever-changing densities in the knitted networks, fused analogue/digital cultures are idensified.