Agnieszka Leszczynski – Glitchy vignettes of platform urbanism

Photo by Jezael Melgoza on Unsplash

November 26, 2018: 1-2pm. Kelvin Grove: Z9-607

There has been a flurry of recent activity around ‘platform urbanism’ as the nascent disruption of city services, urban spaces, and everyday life by digital platforms. Diverging from dominant narratives of platform urbanism as the subsumption of all aspects of urban life to the imperatives of the platform economy, I propose an alternative approach that draws on Legacy Russell’s notion of the ‘glitch’ as both error and erratum. Through a series of glitchy vignettes at the platform-city interface, I argue that the latent possibility of malfunction in any system extends the possibilities for an indeterminate, ontogentic politics of the urban.

Agnieszka Leszczynski  is a digital geographer and GIScientist currently appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Western University in Canada. Her current research investigates two related phenomena: the political economies of digital location data and technologies (or ‘geolocation’), and the platform economy in cities. She is also one of the co-editors of Big Data & Society.