Submissions Now Being Accepted for Participatory City 2014
Connecting Cities is a network that includes such top-name facilities as the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Medialab-Prado in Madrid, Berlin's Public Art Lab, and FACT in Liverpool. It's an endeavor to build up connected worldwide infrastructure of media facades, urban screens and projection sites to circulate artistic and social content, and thus create real-time interaction possibilities among geographically distant cities. Participatory City 2014 is a Connecting Cities initiative to investigate the extent to which urban screens and LED façades can serve as catalysts for encounter and platforms for urban activism, and whether they can help to impart the network's bold expectations and visions to its European neighbors. Now, artists are invited to submit project proposals tohttp://submissions.amberplatform.org. Entry deadline is October 20, 2013.
The Connecting Cities network was launched by Public Art Lab in cooperation with Ars Electronica, Media Architecture Institute, FACT, Amber Platform, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, m-cult, Medialab-Prado, iMAL, Foundation Riga 2014 and Videospread. The activities of the Connecting Cities network are financed by the European Commission's Culture Program. The Connecting Cities network interlinks media façades and jumbo-format displays in public spaces in order to open up a window of interaction among cities physically far removed from one another. In opposition to the predominantly commercial use of such displays, Connecting Cities fosters exchange of artistic or socially relevant content, whereby interlinked urban screens and LED façades in 15 cities serve as communications platforms that react to one another or can display content simultaneously. This enables groups of artists, activists and passers-by present at the respective locations to get in touch with each other and thus learn more about their European neighbors.