Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab
Symposium, masterclass & urban interventions
In the framework of the European project Connecting Cities : Participatory City 2014, iMAL organises an Urban Media Lab masterclass.
To first enrich the thinking and open new perspectives, we invited renowned researchers and artists to discuss various aspects of urban media during a two days symposium. The symposium is free and open to the public. You can now watch the full symposium on Youtube!
This symposium will serve as an introduction to an intensive six days workshop led by artists Ali Momeni & Luciano Pinna, where selected participants will produce artworks that explore new forms of urban participation, using existing mobile technologies and custom DIY devices.
Finally, at the end of the workshop, join us on June 20 & 21 in the public space around iMAL to experience the projects produced by the artists! Video documentation here!
Masterclass results & tour (Fri. 20 - Sat. 21 June)
Come and join us for the Urban Media Lab tour starting Friday 20 June 18:30 at square Breughel L'Ancien (Marolles lift) and Saturday 21 June 15:00 at the entrance of metro station Comte de Flandre (near iMAL). The iMAL team will guide you to the projects developed during the masterclass by the participating artists.
Friday 20 June
L’arbre à mémoire by Niels Goossens / Lucia Jeesun Lee
Location : Square Bruegel l'Ancien (down the Marolles lift)
Time : 18:30 – 19:00
SuperForager by Samantha Jones / Laura Pullig / Neil Winterburn
Location : exit at metro station Parc (Parc Royal)
Time : 19:30 – 20:15
Saturday 21 June
Oscillating Cities by Chris Woods
Location : between the two exits at metro station Comte de Flandre (near iMAL)
Time : 15:00 – 15:30
Home Sweet Home by Polina Zioga / Alexandros Nikolaos Ziogas / Kalina Ntampiza
Location : Place Sainte Catherine
Time : 15:45 – 16:15
Cultural hARitage in Brussels by Joatan Preis Dutra
Location : Grand Place
Time : 16:30 – 17:00
Urban Media Symposium (Fri. 13 - Sat. 14 June)
During two days, artists, researchers and thinkers will share their experience and thoughts about urban media and interventions, the smart city and other techno-urban utopias, participation and engagement of citizens, urban devices and interfaces, augmented reality, ...
The symposium is open to the public and free!
Friday 13 June
09:30 – 10:00 : Doors open
10:00 – 13:00
Yves Bernard (iMAL's director): short introduction
Katía Truijen: Urban Dialogues. Media Interventions as Assembling Devices
Niels Wouters: Media in Public Space: Towards Bottom-Up Strategies
Tobias Revell: Designed Conflict Territories
13:00 – 14:30
Lunch by Kom chez Jess
14:30 – 18:00
Nanna Verhoeff: Below the Surface: Criticality in Cultural Interfaces
Martijn de Waal: Idealizing the smart city
Mark Shepard: Sentient Urbanism
Saturday 14 June
10:00 – 13:00
Michael Smyth: Urban Interaction Design :: Exploring the Space between People and the City
Ali Momeni: Center for Urban Intervention Research
Sander Veenhof: Augmented reality beyond the visuals :: connecting location, data and people
13:00 – 14:30
Lunch by Kom chez Jess
Urban Media Lab Masterclass (Sun. 15 - Fri. 20 June)
During this six-days, intensive masterclass, selected artists will develop pieces that allow the audience to experience new ways of interaction in and with the urban environment and to understand, respond to, evaluate and question the transformations that the city is undergoing.
The results of this workshop will be presented in the public space in Brussels on Friday evening & Saturday.
The openLAB masterclasses
In 2005, iMAL initiated its first openLAB, which proved to be a huge success. Followed the Projections on forms and spaces openLAB led by HC Gilje in 2011, and Generator.x 3.0 : from code to atoms led by Marius Watz in 2012. This openLAB is our first to explore urban media art.
openLAB masterclasses are intensive, projects-based workshops. After a preliminary selection through a call for projects, the participants will bring their ideas to fruition during a workshop week (Production Lab). The results are always documented and presented in a public event, which definitely fuels participants' motivation.
Before the Production Lab itself, the participants, together with the workshop leaders and iMAL team, will develop, refine and discuss their projects. During the production phase, a team of assistants will help the participants in the making of the final projects.
Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab is produced by iMAL and funded by the European Union (Culture Programme). With the support of Brussels Capital-Region.
Connecting Cities Network is initiated by Public Art Lab in co-organization 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 Mutek Montreal, Marseille-Provence 2013, Aarhus University, Quartier des spectacles Montréal, Foundation Bauhaus Dessau, Verve Cultural São Paulo; funded by the European Commission – Programme Culture; supported by Streampark TV and ARTE Creative.
13 June, 09:30-18:00
14 June, 09:30-14:30
Workshop / Production Lab
Fri 20 June, 18:00 - 22:00
Sat 21 June, 13:00 - 18:00
The symposium and workshop take place at iMAL
30, Quai des Charbonnages/Koolmijnenkaai
The public presentation will take place in the public space in the neighbourhood of iMAL (more info later)