Urban Screens

Urban Screens 09: The City as Interface
4 December 2009 | Trouw Amsterdam
Urban Screens 09 is organized in collaboration with: NAi Rotterdam, MediaLAB Amsterdam and Trouw De Verdieping and includes a one-day seminar and launch of the Urban Screens Reader, edited by Meredith Martin, Scott McQuire (both University of Melbourne) and Sabine Niederer (INC). For the program go here.

themes: the social screen, the mobile screen, the architectural screen, the mediatized city.

Urban Screens Melbourne 08: Mobile Publics

October 3-5, 2008 | Federation Square, Melbourne

Urban Screens Melbourne 08 was hosted by Fed Square Pty Ltd and it is the third international conference and multimedia exhibition in a series of worldwide Urban Screens events. The event promoted a lateral trans-disciplinary approach to exploring the growing appearance of moving images in urban space and the global transformation of public culture in the context of large new multimedia precincts such as Federation Square and various networked forms of urban screens. It built on the successful events held in Amsterdam in 2005 and Manchester in 2007 and was the first Urban Screens held in the Asia-Pacific region. Through an integrated program of keynote lectures, panel sessions, workshops, curated screenings and multimedia projects, it brought together leading Australian and international artists and curators, architects and urban planners, screen operators and content providers, technology manufacturers, software designers and public intellectuals. The conference on ‘Mobile Publics’ explored the changing relations between urban screens, culture and cities.

themes: the growing role of urban screens in shaping the ambiance of contemporary public space and the new forms of agency created by media-dense environments, the future directions in mobile and screen media, and the potential of novel interfaces to support new modes of social interaction and community building, the function of public art in positioning strategies for creative cities, and the capacity of large screen precincts to serve as focal points in urban regeneration projects, the emergence of new forms of cross-cultural exchange and the construction of transnational public spheres.

speakers: Saskia Sassen, Aaron Tan, Andreas Broeckmann, Ien Ang, Mike Gibbons, Yann Le Bellégo, Patrick Fox, Manray Hsu, Condrad Bodman, Yoshitaka Mori, Melinda Rackham, Jan Schuijren, Mirjam Struppek, Leon van Schaik, Soh Yeong Roh.

For a detailed log of the event, please visit http://www.urbanscreens08.net/

Urban Screens Manchester 07: It’s about content!
October 11-12, 2007 | Cornerhouse & Manchester Town House, Manchester
Urban Screens Manchester 07 focused on the development of non-commercial content for big urban displays such as LED, LCD, plasma screens, media facades and projections onto buildings. What characterises these huge displays as media platforms in urban space, and which particular spatial and social situations do they create? How are they perceived? How does creative content flow from this? At the two-day international conference media experts, designers, artists, architects and broadcasters explored the vast spectrum of potential content for urban displays.

Adam Hyde, Alexander Stublić, André Hesse, Anette Schäfer, Ava Fatah gen. Schieck, Charles Earl Love Yust, Christoph Kronhagel, Cécile Babiole, Dan Albritton, David Lakin, Dooeun Choi, Areti Galani, Beryl Graham, Jo Bryce, Paul Coulton, Stephen Brennan, Susanne Jaschko, Els Vermang, Esther Johnson, Glenn Harding, Günther Selicha, Helen Wewiora, Ingrid Smit, Jai Redman, Jason DaPonte, Jason Lewis, Jean-Claude Bustros, Jochen Gerz, Jury Hahn, Karen Gaskill, Kim Halskov, Kristin Gray, Lucy Bullivant, M. Hank Haeusler, Marcus Kreiss, Maria Stukoff, Mark Aerial Waller, Mark Bennett, Mathias Fuchs, Michael Joroff, Michelle Cotton, Michelle Kasprzak, Mike Gibbons, Myriam Thyes, Perry Bard, Erkki Huhtamo, Joachim Sauter, Mike Stubbs, Saul Albert, Theresa Caruana, Uta Caspary, Susan Pui San Lok.

website: For a detailed log of the event, please visit www.manchesterurbanscreens.org.uk

Urban Screens 05: Discovering the Potential of Outdoor Screens for Urban Society
September 23-24, 2005 | Club 11 CS, Amsterdam

Urban Screens 05 investigated how the commercial use of outdoor screens could be broadened, or augmented, with cultural content. The conference addressed the nexus of digital media culture, urbanism, architecture and art. The main aim of Urban Screens 05 was to discuss the strategies for artistic intervention on these screens, binding them more to the communal context of the urban space, thus creating local identity and engagement.

This groundbreaking event launched a discussion around how digital culture could make use of existing and future screen infrastructure, in terms of art and social or political practices. The conference sought to redefine the function of this growing infrastructure by addressing its existing commercial models while also exploring the nuances between art, interventions and entertainment. Other key issues were: mediated interaction, content management and curation, participation of the local community, technical requirements and standards, and the immersive effects of incorporating the screens into urban landscape and architecture, resulting in a complex, mediated and dynamic merger of material and immaterial space.

themes: shaping the urban mediascape, addressing social value and civic culture through participation, project sketches, opening up the commercial use of outdoor screens, future technology of outdoor screens, various artists’ presentations, and experiences with new content creation.

speakers: Frank Abbott, Jim Shorthose, Jez Noond, Roberta Alvarenga, Franck Ancel, Anthony Auerbach, Perry Bard, Florent Aziosmanoff, Olga Barham, Louis M. Brill, Vera Bühlmann, Andreas Wenger, Sabine Gebhardt Fink, Mike Gibbons, Christoph Kronhagel, Vladimir Krylov, Raina Kumra, Karen Lancel, Hermen Maat, Peter Lavery, Jason Lewis, Lev Manovich, Scott McQuire, Jürgen Meier, Julia Nevárez, Florian Resatsch, Daniel Michelis, Elizabeth Sikiaridi, Jan Schuijren, Arseny Sergeev, Wolfgang Straus, Kate Taylor, Valentin Tomic, Adrian Velicescu, and Linda Wallace.

website: To access audio and video documentation and interviews with conference speakers, or to subscribe to the Urban Screens discussion list, go to: www.networkcultures.org/urbanscreens.

credits: Urban Screens 05 was organised by the Institute of Network Cultures, the Rietveld Academy and the Department of Art and Public Space at the University of Amsterdam, in collaboration with Mirjam Struppek, Interactionfield, Berlin. Concept: Mirjam Struppek. Supported by: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

publication: Pieter Boeder and Mirjam Struppek (eds.), Issue #4: Urban Screens: Discovering the potential of outdoor screens for urban society, First Monday 2005: www.firstmonday.org/issues/special11_2/