The European Arte Creative Channel presents all Connecting Cities artist in a special web series. First in the series, published today is Sergio Galan and the project TransEurope Slow - with lots of footage from our Media Facades documentation team in Helsinki ! Also check the documentation on our own channel here:
The call for proposals for Connecting Cities 2014 is open. With the theme "Participatory City" we are looking for projects that enable citizens to experience new ways of interaction with the urban environment and to understand, respond to, evaluate and question the transformations that the city is undergoing. The call deadline is on October 20.
How can urban media facades as temporary fields of interaction can become catalysts for shared encounters and a platform for urban activism? Can art projects trigger an engagement of the citizens within their local communities? Can they connect the local public virtually with remote places? Can they help us exchange our expectations and visions with our neighbours? Participatory City 2014 is all about experimenting in the public space with participatory processes that aim at exploring these and other questions.
Participatory City 2014 will take place in Berlin, Brussels, Helsinki, Linz, Liverpool, Madrid, Montreal, Riga and Sao Paulo. In Helsinki, the selected projects will again be staged in the Media Facades Helsinki programme, August 18-24,2014, in context of the Helsinki Festival.
Curators and artists of the Connecting Cities network gathered in Marseille in February 5-8. to discuss projects and programme for the 2013 events, including Media Facades Festival Helsinki. Hosted by Videospread, the workshop enriched the perspectives on the Networked City theme, in light of the concepts presented by the artists.
Also in the workshop, Ars Electronica (Linz) outlined the technical support provided for the network, and m-cult (Helsinki) opened a discussion on audience challenges in public space. In a speed dating session, the curators visited the artists’ tables to receive more details on the projects, and the programme for each participating city started to emerge. The third day was dedicated to an open seminar, where CCN artists and curators were joined by local participants as well as representatives of the European Cities of Culture Marseille-Provence 2013 and Riga 2014.
The 2012 edition of the Media Facades Festival is over - and it is time to gather feedback, evaluate and analyze. We invite all visitors, artists, curators, partners and staff to contribute their views on the programme, venues, communications, audiences and co-production issues of the festival.
The feedback will be used to develop international festivals in the context of the Connecting Cities network - and locally to create better presentation spaces for urban media art.
The illustrated MFF2012 feedback survey is at your fingertips - enjoy it and thank you in advance!
The Connecting Cities network was launched successfully during two days of Helsinki workshops. Altogether 20 curators and producers from 11 cities attended the workshop and participated in the Media Facades Festival Helsinki programme.
The group discussed strategies and practices for co-operation as well as curatorial and administrative guidelines for the chain of festivals, conferences and workshops organized by the network. The next curator meeting will take place in Aarhus during the Media Achitecture Biennale and it will involve selecting art projects for the 2013 Connecting Cities events with the theme "Networked City".
City Sets & Media Facades, international seminar on urban media will discuss the social, cultural and technical aspects of urban media and urban screens. The list of speakers includes ample expertise from the Connecting Cities network to be launched during Media Facades Festival 2012 in Helsinki - more detailed programme to follow. The seminar is free of charge but requires registration.
The European Urban Media Network for Connecting Cities receives funding from the EU Culture Programme. The 4-year networking initiative includes 11 European organisations working together to build an infrastructure for media arts presented in public space.
The project builds on experiences from Media Facades Festival Europe 2010, and extends the partner network also overseas: next week, the project will be presented at Montreal's MUTEK. The actual kick-off of the network will take place in Helsinki, hosted by m-cult during the Media Facades 2012 festival.