Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab

13 June - 21 June 2014
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. 

Video documentation here and click here for more information about each project.

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, ...

With: Katia Truijen (NL), Niels Wouters (BE), Mark Shepard (US), Martijn de Waal (NL), Michael Smyth (UK), Nanna Verhoeff (NL), Ali Momeni (US), Sander Veenhof (NL) and Tobias Revell (UK).

The symposium is open to the public and free!

Click for more info & watch the archive!

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.

To lead this workshop, we are inviting artists Ali Momeni & Luciano Pinna, as well as a team from Ars Electronica's Futurelab who will present their LinzerSchnitte project.

The results of this workshop will be presented in the public space in Brussels on Friday evening & Saturday.

See the results of this workshop here!

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.

Media Gallery

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.