Infiltrating Smartness:
Performative Urbanism and the Smart City

What capacity do critical artistic and spatial practices have to offer forms of tactical autonomy in the anticipatory and surveillance laden context of the smart city?
In what ways can efforts to ‘outsmart’, ‘sm-art’, and ‘perform’ create meaningful ways to intervene with the seduction of enacted environments and  “smart” urban technologies?

Since 2019 PULSE researchers have been engaging with current social, political, and artistic situations pertaining to smart cities. Led by Professor Shauna Janssen, PULSE researchers Allison Peacock, christian scott, Katrina Jurjans, and Eduardo Perez - presented their work and critical engagements with current variations of sentience and smartness that infiltrate experiences of urbanism as part of 
the Uncommon Senses III: Back to the Future of the Senses online Conference, hosted by Concordia University's Centre for Sensory Studies , May 6—9 2021.

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