The documentary on Media Facades Festival Europe 2010, festival of urban media and art is now ready for you to watch. The 22-minute film presents the festival concept, artists and curators - and includes lots of footage of audiences interacting with the art projects in the various festival cities. Enjoy!
The City Sets seminar at Aalto University School of Art and Design looks at visual urban identities and at city spaces as stages for acting. Thoughts and experiences on curating for urban screens and media facades will be presented in the seminar by m-cult’s Minna Tarkka. This week she will also lecture on media facades issues at the Academy of Fine Art and for students of cultural production at Metropolia.
The report on Media Facades Helsinki describes the production process, introduces the projects and evaluates the outcomes of the festival.
Over 10 days, the festival presented 21 events in 6 Helsinki venues, and received an estimated audience of 5000 participants. The process involved developing five new media art pieces for premieres in Helsinki and touring in other Media Facades cities. Altogether, over 30 artists were presented in the MFF Helsinki programme.
The successful festival was experimental in its form, process and context. At m-cult, the theme will be carried forward in workshops and project development, with the objective to present the next festival edition in 2012.
Please download the report (pdf, in Finnish) below.
Turku, European Capital of Culture 2011 announced the results for the Live 2011 Grand Prix media art competition today.
In the Digital Turku category, Evan Roth's Graffiti Analysis was awarded the first prize, while Antoine Schmitt's City Sleep Light received an honorary mention. Ulu Braun received the shared first prize in the Open category, for his piece Westcoast. All artists were seen in Media Facades Helsinki programme, as well as in Berlin, Brussels, Linz and Madrid. Congratulations for the artists!
With its 8 competition categories and over 100.000 euros total for awards, Live 2011 Grand Prix is a major international competition for digital culture. The awarded projects will be presented during 2011 in Turku, Finland.
Minna Tarkka from m-cult was member of the Participative category jury together with Drew Hemment (UK) and Anne Roquigny (FR). They awarded Michelle Teran's Buscando al Sr. Goodbar and StarWars Uncut by Casey Pugh, who will present the project today at Alternative Party.
Two of our 2010 collaborations have been nominated for the transmediale 2011 Open Web Award - Booki, a collaborative authoring platform developed by the FLOSS Manuals network and Graffiti Analysis by Evan Roth!
The jury nominated projects that critically consider and make use of the potential of the Open Web. They have an online component, implement open and free technology and facilitate participation and collaboration. From 15 October 2010 the nominated works will be made available on the Mozilla Drumbeat Platform for a public vote that will determine the winner of this award.
The Media Facades curators got together for evaluation meeting final panel at CIVA, International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture and Landscape in Brussels.
Hosted by IMAL, the weekend also included MFF highlights within the Brussels Nuit blanche events (the IMAL front was turned into a 18-pixel media facade) and Julian Oliver's Artvertiser walks where advertisements are replaced with artworks by the Billboard Intercept Unit device.
Reclaim the screens & place your art here - the story continues...
Giants of the Hoods finishes the Media Facades touring programme in Liverpool. Today the team's workshop created new characters and talked about "Liverpudlian" stereotypes at FACT. The freshly remixed characters will meet at the facade for a final dance battle event on Sat October 2.
There's still time, until 19th september, to see some Media Facades Festival Media pieces if you missed our prime-time presentation. At Lasipalatsi square, Heidi Tikka's At Hand, touch-sensitive project is on at the Citywall display, and Ulu Braun's video panorama The Park can be immersed until this friday in a new setting at the Helsinki City Tourist Information's media corner, Pohjoisesplanadi 19. Enjoy: it is already darker (and warmer) than during the festival!
Two MFF Helsinki projects are touring other Media Facades cities this weekend. Action Flocking by the OiOi collective is presented in Berlin as part of the Public Playing thematic event. And Hanna Haaslahti's Air Hunger takes over the Flagey Screen in Brussels, this time the participants will breathe to move a building across the landscape!
'Communities in Liverpool and Helsinki have joined together to create films exploring their shared ideas of community and identity.
The project is part of the Media Facades Festival 2010 and linked residents in Anfield with their counterparts in Finland's capital.
The groups created two films which will be shown at 1300BST on the BBC Big Screen throughout September.'
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