melbourne 08

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 Bell├ęgo, Patrick Fox, Manray Hsu, Condrad Bodman, Yoshitaka Mori, Melinda Rackham, Jan Schuijren, Mirjam Struppek, Leon van Schaik, Soh Yeong Roh.


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