to probe future patterns of the assemblage of technology, participation and urban space by speculating on the future of urban living, as we negotiate the tension between emergingtechnologies – sensor technologies, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and biotechnology – and the desires, needs, rights and ethical concerns of citizens. This is not an easy task, due to the fast pace of social and cultural transformations imposed by digitally mediated communication technologies in the last decades. When speculating about future scenarios in urban space
reality, augmented reality, robotic technologies, Internet-enabled mobile phones, social media apps and cameras with laser scanning technology (LIDAR).
The future machines conceptualised by performance art assemble these technologies with cultural references and speculative scenarios to imagine the future of urban living. These future machines – speculative and intangible as they may be – are important probes to think about the ethical, social and spatial consequences of emergingtechnologies. Online virtual worlds, social media and data-mining coupled with vast
potential of performance art to help us reflect on future assemblages of media, performance and participation in the machinic city, as it assembles with emergingtechnologies while at the same time probing the social output of these technologies.