Audrey Yue

National University of Singapore

Ambient Participation and Place-making in the Asia-Pacific


Public screens have become significant urban sites for place-making. Whether through physical location, the programming of art and cultural content, or capacity for networking, they are focal points for community formation and civic belonging. Using case studies from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul, and examining a myriad of public screens including protest screens, large architectural media screens, and light projections, this paper develops a model for ambient participation and a methodology for cultural evaluation. Departing from top-down models of cultural policy and neoliberal public management that more often than not structure the use of these sites and media forms to inform the design of and activate the city, this paper considers ambient participation through theories of urban communication and cultural resilience. While place-making is often promoted as an official project of cultural governance, this paper argues that a robust cultural evaluation model must also include ambient participation.


Audrey Yue is Professor of Media, Culture and Critical Theory in the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. She conducts research in the fields of Sinophone media cultures, cultural policy and sexuality studies. This paper draws from her current Australian Research Council funded project onĀ art precincts and cultural participation in networked public space (DP170102796).