In the formation of modern urban communities matters of identity are increasingly gaining ground over matters of locality. Urban communities tend to organise themselves less around a particular neighborhood, but more around mutual identity markers which prioritize self expression and self affirmation. Whether the latter are based on ethnicity, leisure, religion, or profession; it is apparent that the creation of social formations is not ultimately bound to city geography.
Information technologies have contributed to linking up local cultures and sub-cultures to other virtual communities on the net. These digital trans-urban connections affect the character of the urban domain and have an impact on its physical boundaries: demarcations of what is local and what is global become blurry.
Wiretap 7.03 Trans_Urban Connections examines how information technologies and local positioning play a significant role in the creation and/or recreation of communities, be that in the guise of relocating the African diaspora (Anna Everett), the shifting of urban utopia to the net (Dellbrügge & de Moll), or the facilitation of trans-local creative collaborations through software applications (Keystroke).
A program around communities, computer technology, geography, identity and cities.