Event: Playpolis: Transyouth and Urban Networking in Seoul

Playpolis: Transyouth and Urban Networking in Seoul

With over half of the entire global population living in cities we are facing an imminent and immense shift in how we live, work, and play. This is particularly so with the current and future development of cities as ubiquitous network environments. The city is connections, a technosocial network that brings together people, place, and technology. This study investigates how the city is (re)created through playful interactions of young Koreans. Specifically, the study looks at such interactions of transyouth, the in-between demographic bridging youth and adulthood in Seoul, one of the most connected, densely populated, and quickly transforming metropolises in the world. To do so, the study takes a three-tier interdisciplinary approach consisting of an extensive literature review, Shared Visual Ethnography (SVE), and interviews with leading industry representatives who design and develop the playscape for Seoul transyouth.

Jaz Hee-jeong Choi is a doctoral candidate in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Her research interests are in playful technology, particularly the ways in which various forms of playful interaction are designed, developed, and integrated in an Asian context. Her current research is on the trans-youth mobile play culture of South Korea at the intersection of play, culture, technology, people, and urban environment. Her website is located at www.nicemustard.com.

Urban Informatics
Education – Lecture
Friday, May 22, 2009
12:00pm – 1:00pm
QUT Creative Industries Precinct, The Terrace, Z2-315
10 Musk Ave
Kelvin Grove, Australia


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