[artinfo] Smart City. In search of the Smart Citizen

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Fri Sep 25 12:18:00 CEST 2015

Documentary Smart City. In search of the Smart Citizen

Smart City, looking for the Smart Citizen, a production by filmmaker 
Sara Blom and researcher Dorien Zandbergen, discusses the ambition by 
several networks to turn Amsterdam into a Smart City: a city in which 
smart technologies will make it sustainable, safe and comfortable and 
that will enable citizens to have more control over their 
surroundings. Blom and Zandbergen explore the connection between this 
dream and the dilemma's posed by the urban society of Amsterdam 
against it. The film contrasts the digital lifeworlds of different 
networks of people: from public-private organizations wanting to mark 
Amsterdam internationally as a Smart City, to citizens wanting to 
measure the air quality around their homes, to citizens who are not 
at all comfortable with digital machines. By zooming in on these 
contrasts, but foremost by emphasizing the shared experiences between 
these networks, the film calls for a broad discussion regarding power 
and disempowerment in the digital society.


This work is licensed under the Creative Commons 4.0-licentie.
Sara Blom and Dorien Zandbergen, Smart City. In search of the Smart 
Citizen (2015), CC BY-ND 4.0 licensed.
Smart City. Looking for the Smart Citizen has been made possible by 
the Creative Industries Fund and the Democracy and Media Foundation.

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