The EUROPEAN URBAN MEDIA NETWORK FOR CONNECTING CITIES (EUM-NET) reflects on the increasing presence of large-format digital screens in public spaces and aims to open this infrastructure of commercially used urban screens to broadcast cultural content. Through the use of new technologies, urban media facades can be connected Europe-wide. This is an outstanding challenge for artists to circulate and present their work at central places beyond the borders.
The main objective of EUM-NET is to set up a networked infrastructure of urban media facades to examine their communicative function and impact on the development on our urban digital society.
We will create three future scenarios of CONNECTING CITIES:
The NETWORKED CITY in 2013 will zoom into local scenes and involve the public audience into creative processes to experience the direct potential of intercultural exchange.
The PARTICIPATORY CITY in 2014 will focus on the idea of the inhabitant as active citizen instead of well-behaved consumer and envision the urban media facades as digital stages and European Agora for communication.
The VISIBLE CITY in 2015 recognises Urban Media Facades as real-time information boards that visualise our urban environment consisting of sensor networks that are mapping our daily life.
The CONNECTING CITIES EVENTS are city-to-city real time joint broadcast events and provide a new opportunity for the European citizens to lead an intercultural dialogue and exchange across the borders. The urban media facades are a new emerging communication platform for all cultural disciplines as they offer a local and global window of visibility and interaction.
The Urban Media Network unites 11 coorganisers ‘ all specialists in linking new media art to urban issues. They will establish a sustainable European infrastructure of Urban Media Facades through an intense programme of workshops, conferences and an artists’ programme including a Mobile Urban Media Lab and Artists ` Research Residencies.
Image credit: Frank Huelsboemer, project Mood Gasometer by Wilhelmer, Maus, von Bismarck / Media Facades Festival Berlin 2008.
PROJECT IN FOCUS
Connecting Cities is a new kind of cross-border exchange bringing into play a radically innovative platform for artistic and social content dissemination: Urban media facades across Europe and city-to-city real time joint broadcast events. The cooperative project is articulated around three different scenarios: The Networked City in 2013, the Participatory City in 2014, and the Visible City in 2015.
The Connecting Cities Network (CCN) is regrouping all collaborating partners launching together a European infrastructure of Urban Media Facades through events, workshops, conferences and artists’ programmes. The network was instigated by Public Art Lab and unites 15 co-organisers and associated partners today:
Initiated by Public Art Lab in co-organisation with Ars Electronica, Media Architecture Institute, FACT, Amber Platform, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, m-cult, Medialab-Prado, iMAL, Foundation Riga 2014 and Videospread.
In association with Aarhus University , Marseille-Provence 2013 , MUTEK Montréal , Quartier des spectacles Montréal and Streampark TV.
Watch Connecting Cities Trailer here.
“Connecting Cities has enabled FACT to participate in a network of high-profile new media institutions across Europe, and to contribute to the larger debate around the transformation of public space in the age of digital and communication technologies. The first year of the programme has been devoted to the “networked city”, commissioning 11 projects with the technical and conceptual challenge of “opening windows” between cities and citizens through an infrastructure of connected screens. The first set of outcomes will be showcased in September, a truly translocal experience, both thought-provoking and exciting at once!”
Ana Botella, Programme Producer, Foundation For Art and Creative Technologies (FACT)
“The European Urban Media Network Connecting Cities is a network with the aim of creating an exchange between urban activists, creatives, passers-by and city inhabitants from all over the world via media façades and large digital screens. As an interdisciplinary network, Connecting Cities unites political, economic and artistic interests”.
Connecting Cities website
NON UK PARTNERS:
Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, AT;
Ayuntamiento de Madrid. Area de gobierno de Las Artes, ES;
Beden İşlemsel sanatlar Derneği /Body Process Arts Association, TR;
Foundation Riga 2014, LV;
Interactive Media Art Laboratory, BE;
Media Architecture Institute, AT;
Mediakulttuuriyhdistys m-cult ry, FI;
Muzej suvremene umjetnosti, Zagreb, HR;