Connecting Cities is a network of worldwide cultural institutions. The aim is to foster the circulation of artistic and cultural contents throughout European and worldwide urban screens and media facades.
With the curatorial theme of INVISIBLE and VISIBLE Cities 2015 we want to develop an awareness on the changes which are hardly visible to the eyes and are underlying our nowadays cities. Our today's modern cities are hybrid structures in which technology is invisibly interweaved in the perception layers of our everyday lives. We call for artistic scenarios to visualise invisible, embedded 'smart' urban infrastructures and analyse their impact on the technological transformation of our society in a broad and public discourse.
Submit your project proposal until 31 October, 2014, 23:59h CET
In 1972 Italo Calvino wrote about his Invisible Cities a romantic love poem to the city, which has the variety and liveliness of overlapping stories and interdependences in it. Our today's modern cities are hybrid structures in which technology is invisibly interweaved in the perception layers of our everyday lives. These cities produce real-time urban data and introduce control mechanism. In a state of digitalisation, between surveillance and data collection, we look out for a tangible manifestation of immaterial structures.
With the curatorial theme of InVISIBLE and VISIBLE Cities we want to develop an awareness on the changes which are hardly visible to the eyes and are underlying our nowadays cities.
The In/Visible City perspective aims to rethink the debate of visible versus invisible without falling in the trap of focusing on new gimmicks at the expense of content, where drones or QRcodes, VR, phone apps, GPS, Kinect, EEG interfaces, large urban displays, become the core of a discourse, which goes much further beyond its technological surface.
We call for artistic scenarios to visualise invisible, embedded 'smart' urban infrastructures and analyse their impact on the technological transformation of our society in a broad and public discourse. Open or hidden data should be provided a visible layer beyond the aesthetics of data visualisation. Different positions frame this discussion of our future cities within the urban challenges i.e. of climate change, energy consumption and transport systems. We want to approach the ‘In/Visible City’ through these three main questions:
The aim is not to represent reality, but to make a transformative/critical proposal with the question: Beside enhancing and optimizing (Smart City), empowering and improving (‘open source urbanism’), do we also want to explore other approaches, maybe less "useful" but as meaningful; more poetic, narrative, contemplative or situationist? The call wants to encourage projects that reveal new levels of perception to an invisible layer of our nowadays cities.
Visible City 2015 will take place in Berlin, Brussels, Helsinki, Linz, Liverpool, Madrid, Marseille, Montreal and São Paulo and Zagreb. The Connecting Cities infrastructure to be considered by the artists for this Call for Proposals corresponds to the permanent and temporary urban media infrastructures of these cities (see www.connectingcities.net/infrastructure). Nevertheless we also welcome proposals directed to other partner cities of the Connecting Cities Network. We will forward these proposals to the partner cities who might then decide to join our 2015 Connecting Cities Events.
Download this document or go to www.connectingcities.net for more information about the Connecting Cities Network. We advise you to have a look at the artworks that were selected for Networked City 2013 and Participatory City 2014. You can find more information about the urban media facades and venues of the Connecting Cities Events at www.connectingcities.net/infrastructure. If you have any further questions, please send an email to contact(at)connectingcities.net
Please submit your project proposal until 31. October 2014, CET 23:59h
The Connecting Cities Network (CCN) is initiated by Public Art Lab Berlin and involves 22 international partners in 20 cities:
Aarhus – Aarhus University
Berlin – Public Art Lab
Brussels – iMAL
Dessau – Foundation Bauhaus Dessau
Helsinki – m-cult
Istanbul – Amber Platform
Linz – Ars Electronica
Liverpool – FACT
Madrid – Medialab-Prado
Marseille – Videospread, Marseille-Provence 2013
Melbourne – Federation Square
Montreal – MUTEK, Quartier des Spectacles
Riga – Riga 2014
Sao Paulo – Verve Cultural
Sapporo – Media Arts Lab
Sydney – The Concourse
Vienna – Media Architecture Institute
Wuhan – 403 International Arts Center
Zaragoza – ETOPIA
Zagreb – Museum of Contemporary Art
Streaming Partner: Streampark
Media Partner: Arte Creative
Connecting Cities focuses on networked urban screens as a medium to establish a trans-local infrastructure for the citizens to encounter the public space across a coextensive dimension that connects online and offline layers, local neighbourhoods and cosmopolitan European clusters. As a paradigmatic feature in dynamics of urban corporatisation, big screens and animated surfaces in the public space are an extremely relevant factor in the cultural and social exploration of the city.
We will investigate this creative potential within a 4-years artistic research programme that combines workshops and conferences with the production of artworks and other artistic activities, leading to several Connecting Cities Events. During these events, the participating cities will be connected in an intercultural real-time exchange where a broad public audience can interact with the produced artworks. The Connecting Cities Events follow three curatorial topics that are also of social relevance:
Networked City 2013 opens urban media facades as real-time windows between the cities and connects local neighbourhoods beyond national borders.
Participatory City 2014 engages the citizens in the collaborative creation of their urban environment and encourages them to use urban media facades as a digital stage to directly communicate and debate in the public space.
Visible City 2015 visualises open data generated through sensor and data networks on urban media facades and creates awareness of the environment.