This blog accompanies the Urban Screens conference and art and events programme and will inform about news and related topics. Conceived as a public platform, this forum invites you to contribute your own articles, either dealing with the subjects of the conference, public screen art, or to direct attention to related events and activities. To register as an author, please send an email to email@example.com
Please visit the website of the next Urban Screens Conference which will happen in Melbourne in autumn 2008.
Writing on facades:
Projection on architecture:
The Spanish artist Pablo Valbuena augements public space with projection, thus adding a second dynamic layer to the static architectural environment.
Recently he has augemted a public square in Madrid with a piece entramado. See the video.
From April until the summer he will also conduct a workshop with Daniel Canogar and Julian Oliver about Light, Space and Perception at Medialab Prado. The workshop will be focused on conceptual and prototype development around these topics; there will be an open call for projects around April, more details soon at www.medialab-prado.es about this workshop.
The Artvertiser is a computer vision project exploring live, locational substitution of advertising content for the purposes of exhibiting digital artwork.
The Artvertiser takes Puerta del Sol Madrid, Times Square New York,Square New York, Shibuya Tokyo and other sites dense with advertisements as exhibition space. The Artvertiser is an instrument of conversion and reclamation, taking imagery seen by millions and re-purposing it as a surface for presentation of art. By 'training' a computer to recognise billboard advertisements, logos and other images of commerce, that content can then be 'replaced' with alternative material when seen through a hand-held viewing device. If an internet connection is present at the site, it can be documented and published in on line galleries such as Flickr and YouTube.
While offering itself as a new platform for public art, The Artvertiser seeks to highlight the contradiction of Public Space in the context of what can and cannot be written on the surface of our cities. Neither graffiti or Fine Art, The Artvertiser exploits the inevitable redistribution of these surfaces in media such as digital film and photography, providing an alternative memory of the city.
By leveraging the internet as an up-scaling redistribution mechanism, The Artvertiser supposes that an urban site dense with proprietary imagery can be re-purposed as an exhibition space for art and archived as such in turn. Similarly, on-site exhibitions can be held whereby pedestrians are invited to use the looking device to view an exhibition on the buildings around them.
Here's the (place-holder) project page. It will be updated with demonstration videos and development updates over the coming months.
by Julian Oliver
Spanish wireless technology solutions provider
AWAMedia has launched a network of two circular LED
screens and an interactive video wall at the Telefonica
Madrid Arena in Spain.
We understand that there are more locations to come
in the next few months - possibly as many as 60
deployments in shopping malls and other retail
In late 2006, the project, SEVEN SCREENS, a platform for digital art projects in pubic space, was established in Munich. Seven light stelae – situated on one of the main arteries of this major German city – are equipped with state of the art LED technology. They create the site-specific context for temporary projects, which probe the most varied interactive, media and artistic concepts in an urban setting. The artistic concept of a variable platform within a clearly defined and permanent framework is what renders the SEVEN SCREENS unique in the world of art in public space. Since their construction, Munich has had a new landmark.
The format of the SEVEN SCREENS places high demands on artists: The individual stele can be interpreted as a fragment (of a vision field), as an autonomous image carrier, as a monument (in the sense of a sculpture) or as an architectural element. As an ensemble the seven stelae refuse to provide the viewer with an ideal vantage point: There is no spot from which the seven image screens can be fitted together to form a whole. It is the viewer’s own perception – insofar as the specific works allow for this – that enable the individual image elements to appear as a closed entity.
Two internationally acclaimed video artists have developed an installation for the SEVEN SCREENS in Munich for 2008: Anouk de Clercq, a Belgian artist, who unites different art forms, such as images, texts, music, animation and architecture, in her video works, and Bjørn Melhus, a Berlin video artist, whose favored materials are the television films and series that influenced his childhood in the 1970s.
On view until April 2008 is the installation Reactive Sparks designed by the creative Berliner studio, ART+COM, which includes Joachim Sauter and Sebastian Peichl. More than 200,000 vehicles are tracked everyday for this installation. Their movement energy is then transformed into a digital reaction, which is discernable as a visual equivalent – as an impulse frequency – on the screens. Every driver participates and is (unintentionally) involved in the reactive light installation. Through the interplay of architecture, an urban context and art, ART+COM created the first reactive installation on the
The SEVEN SCREENS are a permanent feature of the OSRAM ART PROJECTS and OSRAM LIGHT CONSULTING developed the technology used in them. The project’s curator is Christian Schoen (director of CIA.IS, Center for Icelandic Art, Reykjavík, and commissioner of the Icelandic pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2007 and 2009.
The following projects have been presented on the SEVEN SCREENS:
Mader/Stublic/Wiermann (Berlin): Reprojected – November 2006 thru April 2007
Haubitz+Zoche (Munich): 2027 (after Fritz Lang’s film METROPOLIS) – April 2007 thru November 2007
Diana Thater (Los Angeles): OFF WITH THEIR HEADS – June 2007 thru July 2007
ART+COM(Berlin): Reactive Sparks – November 2007 thru April 2008
New: the recently published catalogue: “OSRAM ART PROJECTS – SEVEN SCREENS – GALLERY – COLLECTION 2007“
Additional information at: http://www.osram.com/art
Kim Halskov who was one of the speakers at USM invited me to guest-edit a section about the creation and creative use of public screens. See the Digital Experience blog:
Shahram Sharif of ITIran.com writes, "Last week one of wide street TV in central of karaj shows porn pics for 10 min mistakenly , police banned TV and arrested people who link." More importantly, here's a YouTube video shot on the scene by someone who sounds young and profoundly amused:
"The cultural value of urban screens"
by Susanne Jaschko
Thursday, November 1, 2007, at 12:30 pm
UQAM, R-M130, Sciences de la gestion Pavilion
« The cultural value of urban screens »
par Susanne Jaschko
le jeudi 1er novembre 2007, à 12 h 30
UQAM, R-M130, Pavillon des Sciences de la gestion
To my great resentment I have just been informed by 8gg that the Chinese government closed the access to Youtube today.
8gg is therefore not able to watch the documentation video of their own performance which you can find here:
At midnight Sunday 14 Oct, the two temporary screens were unplugged which together with a third permanent one, displayed the Urban Screens art and events programme. Urban Screens Manchester 07 was over.
During the four preceeding days , Manchester was a hub for the international Urban Screens crowd arriving from around the world to learn about the most interesting developments in the field of public displays, media facades and giant outdoor projection and to discuss the cultural potential of urban screens. Around 150 delegates attended the conference which was designed to contain two strands. The so-called poster sessions were short presentations in which the speakers presented single academic research projects, artworks for urban screens and latest research on interfaces and screen technology. The longer Focus sessions gave both speakers and the audience the opportunity to debate.
The conference attendees appreciated both formats and commuted between the two Cornerhouse cinemas which served as conference locations. With 55 speakers, moderators included, there was a lot to discover and discuss.
Erkki Huhtamo (UCLA) and Uta Caspary related urban screens to historic events and ancient architecture thus comparing the increasing plethora of public displays in the urban realm to old media.
The conference also provided a platform for critical voices and warnings. Amongst others, Jai Redman (UHC), Ingrid Smit and Jean Claude Bustros (Concordia) discussed the problem of visual pollution through urban displays and demanded their limitation.
Recurrent topics were the dissolution of the rectangular screen by integrating it into the urban fabric and (self-)censorship by screen operators when programming content for urban screens.
Jochen Gerz and Joachim Sauter (UDK) emphasised the identity-giving nature of urban screens, thus arguing for an embedding of screens not only into the physical space of the city but also its social and historic space.
The thematic sessions blended nicely into each other, giving all participants a better understanding of the current discourse and broader context of urban screens. In contrast to the first Urban Screens conference in Amsterdam, the Manchester conference put strong emphasis on the artistic content for screens. The production and aesthetics of art and non-commercial content for urban screens was a visible red thread throughout the entire conference.
The extensive art and events programme which took place parallel to the conference and continued for two subsequent days exemplified potential and actual content for urban screens. Particularly the participatory events such as the Global Youth show by Lets Go Global or the DIY Ballroom by susan pui san lok attracted crowds in the city centre of Manchester. For the roaming film projection by A Wall is a Screen around 150 people moved through the streets of Manchester.
If you are interested in seeing more, you can find pictures by various contributors of Urban Screens Manchester 07 on Flickr.
The next Urban Screens Conference will take place in Melbourne in October 2008.
Usman Haque has been comissioned to create Evoke for the Illuminating York festival. Evoke is a massive animated 80,000 lumen projection, which will light up the facade of York Minster. The facade is brought to life by members of the public, who use their own voices to evoke colourful light patterns that emerge at the building's foundations and soar up towards the sky, giving the surface a magical feeling as it melts with colour. People with different frequencies or rhythms will be able to evoke different patterns.
The project Buffer Zone by Samer Najari which was part of the art and events programme of Urban Screens has generated some local attention. During the live broadcast the potential immigrants to the UK talked about their life on the treshold. We could listen to one guy on Saturday night who described his dramatic situation in detail. He had been to the UK before but was deported again after being identified as an illegal immigrant. He said that there is hardly any place where he can go now, because he is identifyable by his fingerprints in almost every Eurpean country.
Find the full documentation of the project here:
The live event A Wall is a Screen attracted many viewers as short films were projected on to walls across Manchester city centre on Friday evening. Starting point was the Tadao Ando wall at Piccadilly Gardens, followed by many an unusual walls in the backstreets of Manchester.
Many of Manchester’s inhabitants achieved their 15 minutes of fame by sending their own mobile video clips to 15x15, giving them the opportunity to express their ideas and artistic talent in one of the most prominent areas of the city, the BBC screen on Exchange Square.
Amateur dancers took to the floor spontaneously as feathers and bow ties were handed out to those willing to show their moves. These were streamed from the public realm back into the digital and shown on the Cathedral Gardens screen. D.I.Y Ballroom was staged twice on Saturday and attracted a large and diverse number of participants and spectators.
Opportunities to participate in the programme and to shape the screen content were endless as 2008: Man with a Movie Camera invited people to send in their own interpretations of the Vertov classic, which were juxtaposed with scenes from the original. Locally created scenes were broadcast alongside the originals, updating the film for a contemporary audience.
The fact that most of us carry mobile devices was highlighted in 2.4Ghz Homing Pigeons – if someone walked past the screen with an enabled mobile device, another pigeon appeared on the screen, flying over a virtual Manchester skyline.
Colourful graphics on the BBC screen on Exchange Square invited shoppers and people on lunch breaks to linger a little longer than usual. Flag Metamorphoses for example attracted viewers with its bright colours. A participatory art project with many authors, it melds the flags of every nation in the world into each other through flash animation, appropriating this space as a meeting point for everyone in the city.
With three screens across the city centre dedicated to Urban Screens Manchester, conference attendees and the city’s inhabitants were treated to a colourful, multi-faceted art programme over four days. Each of the screens featured a selection of interactive pieces, allowing passers by to affect content via movement, the latest international video works curated for outdoor screens and streamed, online content, providing an insight into potential use for urban screens.
Circulez Y'A Rien A Voir at Cathedral Gardens surprised many as it emitted graphic patterns and sounds when a camera picked up pedestrian’s movements. Simply walking by induced interesting visuals and many people stopped for further experiments: dancing, jumping and running produced striking shapes and patterns much to the amusement of all involved.
1800, Friday Oct 19, 2007
The Netherlands Media Art Institute (Montevideo), Amsterdam
FLOSS Manuals () is pushing the big green
'go' button on Friday Oct 19, 2007. Over the last months we have been
getting our design and code in place, making our wiki not look like a
wiki, building a community of free documentation writers, writing a
plan, and ... writing quality free manuals about free software!
Now everything is in place and it's time to launch FLOSS Manuals and celebrate the beginning of something beautiful. We also wish to celebrate FLOSS Manuals recent prize (15,000 Euro) awarded by the Digital Pioneers Academy.
We would like to invite you to celebrate with us at our launch party!
The evening will begin with a short introduction from Adam Hyde, Founder of FLOSS Manuals, followed by a cutting of the tape, drinks and nibbles,
and lead into a performance by FLOSS Manuals Blender maintainer and internationally acclaimed artist Julian Oliver.
As part of the launch a short documentary about FLOSS Manuals will be presented on the opening night of the Video Vortex exhibition at the
Netherlands Media Art Institue (19 october, from 17.00).
Additionally, we continue the launch celebrations on December 13 when another internationally acclaimed artist Derek Holzer (also the FLOSS Manuals PureData manual maintainer) will host the first FLOSS Manuals Documentation Workshop together with Adam Hyde.
FLOSS Manuals Launch Party (free)
Friday Oct 19, 1800 (6pm)
The Netherlands Media Art Institute (Montevideo)
1016 EV Amsterdam
T 020 6237101
PureData Documentation Workshop (free)
Thursday Dec 13, 2007 (time to be announced)
The Netherlands Media Art Institute
Limited number of places, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.
If you can't make it to the party there will also be a live stream
available (url to be announced - watch the FLOSS Manuals blog for
detals : ).
Danube TeleLecture #4: Thursday, Nov 8, 2007 - 7pm CET
Live debate at the MUMOK in Vienna
Lev MANOVICH, internationally renowned media and art theorist (Russia/USA)
Sean CUBITT, expert in film and media theory (Great Britain/Australia)
Cinema as a visual phenomenon has accelerated increasingly over the last decades. Technical achievements at the material level like new
participatory models driven by the melting of Internet, Databases, TV and Cinema are setting new standards and bringing a new dynamic to the
black-box of the movie theater. Remixing, Coding, Remapping, and Recombination of visual manifestations are revolutionizing the narrative form of film - new societal phenomena, like the VJ scene, generate immersive viewing spaces and new forms of moving image distribution. The domain of video, film, computer and net-based installations stands on the threshold of a material revolution: do they bring a new aesthetic?
Revolutionary possibilities in camera and projection techniques offer increasingly faster development cycles that also allow for innovative image languages. New historical perspectives of the cinematic revue coalesce with innovative interpretations of our visual consumer culture and foretell future developments. What can be expected ... what are the consequences?
You can attend the event in MUMOK or in realtime over the www
Serenity Panel is a weather-proof and solar-powered multimedia device, featuring a 7" LCD screen and speakers. In the US, the panels are being installed in gardens of remembrance allowing custom-created multimedia tributes to loved ones to be shown on gravestones. They could potentially be used as outdoor information panels in places of interest, similar to English Heritage blue-plaques, for example. www.vidstone.com
Futuresonic, now in its 12th year, returns 1-4 May 2008. The festival and conference will go in search of the social. 500 opinion formers, futurologists, artists, technologists and scientists from the digital culture, music and art communities will converge on Manchester for four days of seminars, workshops and events. A focus in recent years has been presenting artworks in unexpected city spaces, and on social art and social technologies. Futuresonic 2008 now invites artists, thinkers and makers to get social and present new types of collaborative social experience. This is a time when we see how electronic communication can isolate us, as more and more people drown in a deluge of email that generates stress, even reducing IQ; and it is 40 years since people took to the streets of Paris in 1968 calling for society to be abolished. Join us as we go in search of the social today.
I take part
you take part
he takes part
we take part
you all take part
(Slogan from Paris '68, remixed)
Lumen Eclipse, a media art organisation based in Cambridge, Massachussetts, champions the exhibition of the moving image in the public sphere – both on the street and online. Large outdoor video displays in Cambridge’s bustling Harvard Square and on their website present a monthly series of original single channel works by artists, designers, and filmmakers. Drawing from the world of visual art, advertising, graphic art, cinema, and music, Lumen Eclipse offers viewers a wide picture of moving image culture. Their inclusion of work from the commercial sector reflects their own institutional make up. Not a ‘non-profit’ enterprise, Lumen Eclipse draws advertising revenues from their street installations and websites and illustrates an interesting model for public art projects. For more information visit www.lumeneclipse.com
The seventh edition of Pixelache festival in Helsinki (13-16 March 2008) will focus on education. Pixelache celebrates this theme by opening its very own educational programme, entitled 'PIXELACHE UNIVERSITY'. The goal of Pixelache University is to offer alternative and critical perspectives to the development of mainstream media and technology and serves as a common ground for artists, engineers, designers, researchers and architects etc., to meet and exchange. Pixelache Helsinki is a part of an international network of electronic art
Rotterdam, 07.09 - 28.10, 2007
White silhouettes of trees projected 8 meters high onto the facades of several buildings in a city. Its branches and leaves are moving either slightly or intense; directly to the measured wind that passes the facade of the building on which it is projected. Starting full of leaves at dawn, the tree loses one of its leaves each time someone passes it. When the leaf falls off its branch, it drops down on the ground in an alley nearby. Because the leaves are made of light, they slowly brighten up the alley as they grow in amount over the course of the evening, they form a developing image that reveals the use of the city. The leaves roll out when someone walks through them. www.simonheijdens.com, www.tentrotterdam.nl
The 1st Professional Lighting Design Convention will be held in London from 24-27 October 2007. The convention is intended to document a major step towards the recognition of the profession of Architectural Lighting Design and the strengthening of the ties between lighting designers, clients and the architectural world. PLDC will offer a first-class conference programme relevant to anyone with a professional interest in architectural lighting. http://www.pld-c.org
Outside the Box coincides with Urban Screens and is a must-see for everyone who is interested in screen-based work. Each of the nine artists/ artist collaborations featured in the exhibition has been selected to illustrate a unique approach for screen-based work in public spaces that moves away from entrenched, predictable way of working.
The artists in Outside the Box utilise a variety of mediums including film, video, photography, the Internet, and computer gaming, to explore the potential social impact of screen-based work. Works range from an installation incorporating an outsized computer keyboard and projected imagery, where changes in sound and vision are controlled by the actions of visitors to a database representing everyday exchanges of information, displayed as a moving image that avoids standard cinematic techniques.
Jim Campbell, Daniel Canogar, Kit Galloway & Sherrie Rabinowitz, Jenny Holzer, Lev Manovich & Andreas Kratky, Guenther Selichar, Chris Allen (The Light Surgeons), 8GG (Fu Yu & Jian Haiqing), Anne-Marie Schleiner
Kathy Rae Huffman
Venue: Cornerhouse, Manchester
From Fri 14 September to Sun 11 November 07
Today many inner cities experience a similar development: residential housing is declining, displaced by commercial space and businesses. During the daytime, the streets are filled with life, fueled by the businesses and work places. After business hours the inner city becomes deserted, sometimes the inner city at night becomes a dangerous place.
The project A Wall is a Screen takes advantage of the 'nightly downtime' in the vitality of the down town area.
Part guided tour, part roaming film night, A Wall is a Screen leads its audience through the streets of the city, stopping at previously unnoticed locations where films of different genres are projected. After each film, the equipment is loaded up onto a handcart and the group moves on to the next wall. Working with the North West Film archive at Manchester Metropolitan University, this event includes localised footage that peels back the layers of inner-city history.
Friday, Oct 12, 9-10.30 pm
Start location: outside KRO Picadilly
Of course, you all know these websites, if your are interested in the phenomenon of urban screens. However, for those of you who have just come to the subject through the Manchester Conference, these websites will give you a broader view on the suject and show you what else goes on in this field:
Mirjam Struppek's website is great starting point for the exploration of the topic. She initiated the first Urban Screens Conference in Amsterdam and constantly works on the theme.
The Interactive Architecture website is another helpful tool for being up to date about the newest developemnts in screen technology, media facades and related issues. They also initiated the recent MediaArchitecture conference in London. On their website you'll find a comprehensive documentation of the panels.
This Russia based and market orientated journal on large LED screens infroms about latest developments in screen technology.
The art project Buffer Zone by Samer Najari which will be shown next week on three nights as part of the Urban Sreens art and events programme is addressing one of Britain's hottest political topics. In the past weeks illegal immigration to the UK repeatedly has been covered by major British newspaper, for instance by the Guardian: www.guardian.co.uk
Buffer Zone, which will be live broadcast to the All Saints screen, will tell about the hopes and fears of those, who are at this very moment waiting on the other side of the channel to illegally cross the British border. Samer and his team will be at a site close to Calais and will make contact with these people who are mainly coming from Afrika and Eastern countries such as Iraq or Albania.
Buffer Zone will connect its viewer - us - who 'have made it' to the right side already or were luckily born in the right country, to a reality we tend to ignore: That globalisation is based on the concept of well-protected national borders and economy.
ON Friday, October 5, 2007
TIME 16:00 - 19:00, Official opening at 17:00 hrs.
LOCATION Zuidplein, Amsterdam (next to Zuid/WTC station)
Officiated by Maarten Van Poelgeest, Amsterdam city councillor for urban planning.
Opening performance by Roel Wouters and Luna Maurer.
Starting at 4 p.m., highlights of the programme along with a selection of 1-Minute Films and portraits of people in the Zuidas made by students of the Sandberg Institute will be shown.
Every day from 6 a.m. to midnight, CASZUIDAS - Contemporary Art Screen Zuidas - will show work from (inter)nationally known artists and promising young talent.
The programme, curated by Jan Schuijren,includes work from artists such as John Wood and Paul Harrison (UK), Michel Francois (B) and Guido van der Werve (NL), but you will also be able to see the drawings of Dan Perjovschi (Rom) and the work of some 200 other artists on the Zuidplein. In addition, CASZuidas will be working with other initiatives such as PARK4dtv and NIMk(Amsterdam), Impakt (Utrecht), Argos (Brussels) and TankTV (London), and will offer programming space to art and cultural events such as the Holland Festival.
Doug Aitken’s book Broken Screen is comprised of informal conversations between himself and a roster of twenty-five carefully chosen filmmakers, designers, architects, and other artists. Part guidebook, part manifesto, Aitken’s book took a fresh look at what it’s like to create artwork in a world that has become increasingly fragmentary. Through casual and direct discussions Broken Screen offers a detailed navigation through the ideas behind the important yet under-documented visual language of nonlinear narratives, split screens, and fragmentary visual planes that define the most progressive moving images today. Perhaps best of all, Broken Screen is a unique opportunity for readers to learn the thoughts and personal beliefs of the featured artists in their own words and imagery, unencumbered by critical or commercial filters, and communicated in the manner of a conversation between friends. Through the vehicle of Broken Screen, Aitken sought to produce a cultural manifesto for new communication, expression, and understanding in both the present and future.
Read the interview with Urban Screen Manchester curator Susanne Jaschko on Ecopolis:
This is a proposal by Tom Grimsey to make a new back-projection screen canopy to transform the newly pedestrianised public/performance space and street market at the centre of Portsmouth’s new development.
People, looking up will see the sky changing magically above their heads.
The new space will have the potential to astonish, delight, amuse, inform and provoke thought.
The parabolic form gives the canopy an integral structural economy.
It’s shape responds to the architectural footprint of the space and the subtle undulations create a curiously elegant sculptural object without compromising the projection surface with undue distortion of the image.
The overall effect is of a giant manta ray gliding though the city centre.
Four speakers fitted high into the supporting legs of the canopy will provide discrete ‘surround sound’ to complete the transformation of the space.
The design is being carried out in close collaboration with specialist engineers NRM Bobrowski – experts in the field of tensile structures.
The legs will be of structural tubular steel and the translucent PVC mesh fabric
tensioned to the boundary ring.
The fabric is very low-maintenance, rain and dirt for the most part will wash off and through the surface. Pressure washing may be carried out in extremis.
The fabric has at least a 7year life span if not more.
It is proposed that we project from the top of the NatWest Building.
From this vantage point we will be able project down onto the screen avoiding any ‘key-stoning’ distortion problems.
Some short films have already been made exploring the screens potential;
A dramatic choreographing of the rhythmic sun rising and setting, clouds ebbing and flowing across the orchestrated sky.
The dancing giant feet of a sailor and seagulls gallivant across the sail like canopy revealing it’s dramatic and physically transforming potential.
Falling snowflakes for a Christmas market, party streamers falling form the sky or fireworks exploding (safely) overhead for a celebration.
Most importantly however, the canopy screen is a generous-spirited facility, giving a wide range of artists and film makers the opportunity to show their work and transform momentarily the cityscape. Six identified groups have already expressed desires to be involved in the future.
A city stripped of advertising. No Posters. No flyers. No ads on buses. No ads on trains. No Adshels, no 48-sheets, no nothing.
It sounds like an Adbusters editorial: an activist's dream. But in São Paulo, Brazil, the dream has become a reality.
In September last year, the city's populist right-wing mayor, Gilberto Kassab, passed the so-called Clean City laws. Fed up with the "visual pollution" caused by the city's 8,000 billboard sites, many of them erected illegally, Kassab proposed a law banning all outdoor advertising. The skyscraper-sized hoardings that lined the city's streets would be wiped away at a stroke. And it was not just billboards that attracted his wrath: all forms of outdoor advertising were to be prohibited, including ads on taxis, on buses—even shopfronts were to be restricted, their signs limited to 1.5 metres for every 10 metres of frontage. Read full article...
Photographer and typographer Tony de Marco has been out documenting this strange hiatus in a sequence of images published on Flickr and used to illustrate this piece. The city, he says, is starting to feel more "serene". See more images...
To celebrate the reopening of one of Rome's most important cultural centres, on the night of September 7th, a video installation by Philipp Geist will transform the monumental façade of the building into video-architecture of dreamy digital settings and fragments of classical art.
For his Video Installation „time lines“ in Rome, the Berlin-based artist Philipp Geist deliberately avoids the use of canvases and instead projects directly onto the concrete building façades of „Plazzo delle Esposizioni“.
On 7th & 8th of September 07, visitors can expect to see a selection of images alternating between purist, dreamlike and intangibly fragile compositions. The starting foundation for all of Philipp Geist's work is video material solely filmed and produced by himself.
Luminale 08 European Festival of Lighting Culture announces its Call for Projects / Date for Luminale: 11.04.2008 / Place: Frankfurt RheinMain / Call for Projects Deadline: 24.12.2007
How to participate Luminale:
The ground rules in a nutshell: lighting manufacturers, planners and designers can register their Luminale projects with the project office Luminale. The closing date for registration is the 24th December 2007. The project must coincide with the Light+Building trade fair, which runs from the 6th to the 11th April 2008; it must be accessible to the public and make some contribution to lighting culture. No right to insist upon the inclusion of a project in the Luminale programme exists. The content and financing of a project is the sole responsibility of the person(s) or organisation(s) registering it. There is no participation fee. www.luminapolis.com
Volcano by the Canadian artist Lynne Marsh invites the viewer to experience a sensual, shifting, and dislocated, virtual landscape. Initially, the viewer’s perspective is located above a sublime spatial field. As the landscape ripples and swirls at ever increasing speed the viewer becomes disoriented and the projected image disintegrates. Volcano continues an investigation into an ever-evolving desire for immersion using the landscape-in-motion as performer and as a performative space.
In Volcano, as in earlier work, a digitally simulated environment becomes a means of exploring the mechanisms at play when a landscape is reconstructed through digital technology for scientific, ideological, military or political purposes. This is the second of two works based on a 3D simulation of the volcanic crater of Mount St. Helens. The simulation originated with NASA scientists, who used a “Thermal Infrared Multispectral Scanner” to create a pictorial equivalent of the landmass’ varying temperatures and densities. Volcano represents a relocated sense of visuality that emerges from an intersection of scientific visualization with science fiction and special effect in which speculative ‘worlds’ have, to some extent, become legitimated as a form.
Oct 11, 10-11 pm; Oct 12, 11-12 am; Oct 13, 11-12 am
Oct 11, 10 - 11 am; Oct 12, 3-4 pm; Oct 13, 6-7 pm
Oct 11, 7-8 pm; Oct 12, 11-12 pm; Oct 13, 11-12 pm; Oct 14, 8-9 pm
Lets Go Global, Manchester’s only live streaming internet broadcaster, are calling for young talent for their hour length internet TV show GTV, which will be broadcast live over the internet on a large scale public screen situated in All Saints Park on Oxford Road, Manchester. This broadcast will form part of a schedule for the Manchester ’s Urban Screens event 07.
Lets Go Global are looking for young people aged between 13 and 19 who have a creative talent that they would like to showcase. This could include short films, dancing, comedy, singing, MC-ing, magic or anything that would shine on the silver urban screen. The short-listed performers will have the opportunity to perform outdoors live at the Urban Screens event in All Saints Park and will be broadcast to a live local audience at the screen as well as globally over the internet from www.letsgoglobal.tv on Saturday 13th 5-6pm.
Sarah McLoughlin, executive producer of GTV at Lets Go Global, is thrilled by all of the fantastic responses that she’s already received since the call out:
‘This event provides the youth of Greater Manchester with an opportunity to showcase their wealth of creative talent. It also loads us with an opportunity to represent a positive image of young people within the region as well as giving young people a platform to express themselves creatively’.
Auditions for this exciting opportunity will be held on 29th September 07, 1-3pm @ BBC, Oxford Road , Manchester . Audition slots must be booked by Friday 28th September at 12noon. It is not possible to just turn up on the day.
To book an audition slot please call 0161 850 5555 ext 5005 and speak to Sarah or Heather alternatively email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at www.myspace.com/globalyouth
"Within months, a giant screen was installed at a popular ice rink also on the Champs-Elysees and le tout Paris went to admire the marvellous sharpness and precision of the Lumiere films" (Terry Gilliam, The Last Machine, p. 39)
Opening: 09/28/2007, 6 pm, ZKM_Media Theater
As part of ZKM’s celebration of its »10-year anniversary in the Hallenbau A», the ZKM presents with the »PanoramaFestival« a comprehensive overview of its current production: From September 2007 to March 2008, the festival will show new artistic and research projects on a monthly basis. Most of these projects were specially produced for the PanoramaTechnology, a new software and hardware environment for cylindrical 360°-projections, developed by the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media.
Based on the tradition of panoramic projections established by the Institute’s founding director, Jeffrey Shaw, the Institute for Visual Media under the direction of Bernd Linterman now presents a focal point of its current research activities: the development of immersive projection environments, of hardware and software solutions for sophisticated artistic projects, exemplified by the Institute’s most recent development in this field, the »PanoramaScreen«.
The version of the PanoramaScreen presented during the festival measures 8m in diameter and 2.8m in height, and was implemented to display interactive panoramic movies via 6 projectors. The Panorama Display Software developed at the Institute enables the realization of a wide spectrum of applications ranging from filmic projects up to contents generated in real time. The festival will include exemplary projects using 3D animations as well as 360° video material.
CASZ – CONTEMPORARY ART SCREEN ZUIDAS has been conceived as a stage for the moving image and will present a high quality selection of visual arts, showing video and film works on a 40m2 daylight video screen, with the sound reaching every person individually through a free mobile phone connection, and occasionally (during special events and openings) through the built-in sound system of the screen.
Eighteen hours a day, every day from 6 a. m. until midnight, an international selection of film and video works by established and emerging artists from all over the world will intervene in the public life on the Zuidplein, addressing a mixed crowd of managers and office workers, students and scholars, and other inhabitants and users of the Zuidas.
The bars and restaurants on the ground floor of the Zuidplein buildings provide the perfect setting to be istracted from the everyday, with moving, inspiring images evoking a different perception of the surroundings. CASZ will have a built-in sound system for specific events. In addition to this, the sound of the works shown ill be continuously on offer through a toll-free telephone number, enabling individual spectators and passersby o ‘eavesdrop’ and tune in to the works presented on screen. In order to anticipate the mood changes ccurring during the day, CASZ will show works for a relatively short attention span in the morning, more ayered and in-depth works in the afternoon, and the evening will introduce longer productions and works pecifically suitable for nightfall. Several set formats will be presented during the 18 hours each day, such as – ‘transitory exhibitions’: every 4 weeks, a specific work will be presented and communicated as an exhibition, shown in the exact same hourly time-slot every day of the week, 28 days in a row. This means there will be hirteen of these transitory exhibitions per year. – ‘artist in focus’: over the course of a period of several months, an in-depth look into an artist’s oeuvre will be ffered, accompanied by essays and other information on the dedicated CASZ website and in the printed bimonthly rogram brochure (optional). This offers the possibility to address certain tendencies within contemporary visual arts’ and the moving image. Next to the ongoing program that will show a great diversity of works over the course of the day, CASZ will also be hosting special events several times a year, specifically inviting audiences from outside the Zuidas istrict.
A website will offer infos on all works and artists presented, and will be online from end of September/ beginning of October.
This year’s Ars Electronica is dealing with privacy both in public space and electronic networks. Under the flag of Second City, numerous public events take place and artworks/projects are presented in vacant shops along Marienstrasse.
There is a lot of stuff related to urban screens and here comes my overview of the projects which I found:
Let’s start with a non-public screen which has an inbuilt technology which of course can be used for urban furniture/art too. Fischtisch is a table which obviously knows what’s going on on its top. The integrated LED matrix allows the table to communicate with its environment. It recognises shadows on the surface and the display reacts accordingly e.g. by showing luminous traces.
Natebu is a light object for urban space. The technology is a bit more complex that the one of Fischtisch. Infra red sensors and photocells register people and the integrated LEDs respond to the movement. When the screen is not actively used, it generates a playful animation of its environment. It can also be used for simple gaming.
The development of this diploma project can be followed on http://natebu.wordpress.com/
Installed between two corner buildings this extravagant display is an amusing and genius alternative to high res screens. Operating with 250 boxer shorts and some robotics the lines form a large and spectacular martix display. Its public laundry message board with its lovely Italian touch is not fully developed. The prototype is built but the public interface is still missing. If you have money to support its development, please contact Hyperwerk.
Under this title a series of prototype sun-light based video displays are developed which take advantage of the potential of this free and inexhaustible source of light.
is a situated display and interface ideally embedded in public spaces. Interfaces that can function as social sensors, capturing the dynamics of people in different locations. At Ars a voice interface was presented with the spatial screen hung from the ceiling.
Whether its photos and greetings, wishes, suggestions or complaints you want to post, you can do it better with Flick_rBoard, an updated version of the blackboard. This media installation thrives on user-contributed content and constitutes a dynamic public communications platform. Tablet PCs register handwritten notes and pictograms, or let you add scribbles to photos you’ve already taken. These communiqués appear as Post-its and Polaroids on digital bulletin boards. They can be sent back and forth between Vienna and Linz or posted to Flickr.
As dusk falls over the East Midlands this weekend, the cities’ largest digital screens will play host to a moving canvas of films from regional and international artists.
Trampoline, the region’s innovative new media arts organisation, brings this first programme of artists’ shorts to the public screens of the East Midland’s three cities, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, as part of Trampoline’s 10th anniversary celebration, to taking place on November 29th at Broadway Cinema.
These three programmes, “The Citizen,” “These Four Walls” and “The Thousand Yard Stare” operate to either draw the viewer into micro narratives or delicately play with their audience’s experience of advertising.
Trampoline has chosen short films, submitted from all over the world, that explore our relationship with the moving image in the public realm. Subtle interventions become interactions with the influx of dynamic digital signage and advertising to our high streets and public spaces. Do Billboards Dream of Electric Screens? endeavours to uncover the possibilities of this new digital infrastructure and how we perceive our developing surroundings. This is an opportunity to watch how cultural content can strengthen local identity and enrich city life.
Whether it’s a brief escape to hinterland or simply man’s best friend chomping on air, Do Billboard’s Dream of Electric Screens? will interact and enlighten as it lights up the three urban screens.
Derby – Big Screen Derby
22nd Sep – 5th Oct
Throughout the day and evening
Leicester – Phoenix Arts Centre
22nd Sep – 30th Sep
dusk – 11pm
Nottingham – Royal Centre
24th Sep – 30th Sep
dusk - 2.30am
Manchester – All Saints Gardens
11th – 14th Oct
Urban Screens Conference
Adi Shniderman, Merav Ezer
Frauke Havemann, Eric Schefter, Neal Wach (On Air)
James Johnson-Perkins, Dr. Conor Lawless
Petra Weidemann, Robert Bischof
Sean Capone (Supernature)
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Go to www.trampoline.org.uk for full listings an updates
6 September – 4 November
Marmara Pera Hotel, Mesrutiyet Caddesi Tepebas, 34430 Istanbul
11 – 14 October
Urban Screens Manchester 07 Art & Events Programme
Manchester Metropolitan University All Saints Garden Oxford Road, Urbis Cathedral Gardens
Frozen Waves will broadcast new work by Babak Ghazi (UK), Mustafa Hulusi (UK / Cyprus), Paul Snowden (Germany), Mark Titchner (UK) and Eva Weinmayr (UK) via publicly-sited screens in Istanbul and the UK.
The project has been commissioned for Yama, a public art programme hosted via a 6m x 9m diode screen on the roof of the Marmara Pera Hotel in the centre of Istanbul. Since July 2006 Yama has presented work by artists including Wael Shawky (Egypt), Ahmet Ogut (Turkey), Köken Ergun (Turkey) and Jenny Holzer (USA). The screen is sited 72 m above street level in Tepebas, a busy square in Beyoglu overlooking the Golden Horn and is visible from various points in the city.
Titled after a chapter in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s 1937 dystopian novel, We, Frozen Waves will play a continuous programme of media work on the screen during the hours of darkness. Five artists employing visual and textual codes familiar from the language of commerce and the information economy were invited to develop projects for Yama and their short works have been informed by the architecture of the screen, the Lumacom technology and the local context. The format of Frozen Waves is concerned with the role that technology plays in structuring communication, occupying what the architect Robert Venturi refers to as an ‘iconographic surface’, a façade that functions as a source of digital information that is by nature subject to renewal and change.
Frozen Waves will launch during the professional preview for the 10th International Istanbul Biennial in September 2007 and forms part of the public art programme for the international Urban Screens Conference hosted this year in Manchester in October.
For further information contact Sylvia Kouvali firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Cotton email@example.com
Frozen Waves Launch, Marmara Pera Hotel, Istanbul
Thursday 6 September
18.00 Panel Discussion, Grand Conference Room
Michelle Cotton, Sylvia Kouvali, Babak Ghazi, Paul Snowden, Mark Titchner and Eva Weinmayr
19.30 - 22.30 Rooftop Launch Party, Mikla Restaurant (by invitation)
Urban Screens Manchester 07 Conference
Friday 12 October
17.00 Panel Discussion Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester
Moderator: Prof Mike Stubbs (UK) Panel: Sylvia Kouvali (GR), Michelle Kasprzak (CA/UK), Dooeun Choi (KOR) tbc.
Urban Screens Manchester 07 is a two day international conference taking place at Cornerhouse, Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual arts and film. Urban Screens Manchester is delighted to announce the conference’s keynote speakers:
Celebrated German born, French based artist and cultural commentator, Jochen Gerz, will talk about the role of art in public space and public space culture. In his keynote, Gerz powerfully advocates for a reconnection with the essence of public and the city space – its people. Gerz advocates that art and public space culture can support democracy and give voice to all in society, and that urban media such as urban screens have – potentially – an important role to play in this process of debate and discussion.
Jochen Gerz was born in Berlin in 1940, and has lived in Paris since 1966. He studied in Cologne, Basel and London. Jochen Gerz is noted for his unique approach to engaging communities in the creative process. His public art works include Platz Der Grundrechte, Karlsruhe, Public Bench, Coventry and Future Monument, Coventry. www.gerz.fr
Media archaeologist Erkki Huhtamo Urban Gigantology, or Archaeology of the Urban Screen
The renowned media archaeologist Erkki Huhtamo asks if urban screens have a longer heritage than we imagine. In his stimulating keynote, he will give a wide ranging overview of historic public media and events. Running along a timeline that takes in past, present and futures, Huhtamo will take us a journey through son et lumière, magic lanterns, sky signs created by hot air balloons, light cannons and airplanes and the billboard to better understand our ‘society of spectacle’. He will explain that we need to see contemporary urban screens in a long history, but also that they are idiosyncratic media platforms that offer a new viewing experience, giving new modes of interaction in the urban environment.
Erkki Huhtamo is a media archaeologist, writer, and exhibition curator. He was born in Helsinki, Finland (1958) and works as Professor of Media History and Theory at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Design | Media Arts. He has published extensively on media archaeology and media arts, lectured worldwide, created television programmes and curated media art exhibitions. Click for further reading...