To really talk about Smart Cities means to talk about Smart Citizens. We live at a time where great amounts of data are produced by sensors, wearable devices, and mobile phones. These data are harvested, analysed and used by companies and City Councils in an attempt to manage and control the city from a top-down and centralised manner. While such management and control are supposed to contribute to citizens’ wellbeing and safety, in most cases citizens are largely out of the loop. In fact, they often do not take part in the generation, analysis or use of the data, either because they do not have access to them or because they do not have the knowledge to perform such appropriations.
In an attempt to design new interfaces to foster citizen engagement with data and sensemaking, we propose Hyper_Art_Gallery.