We are excited to announce the launch of the Connecting Cities Network, a project with which we aim to create a networked infrastructure of urban screens and media facades to circulate artistic and socially relevant content. From July 2012 to 2016 our partners and us will set up and test this infrastructure through a series of events focusing on the Networked City, the Participatory City and the Visible City. The Connecting Cities Network was initiated by Public Art Lab and will be further developed and realised together with our co-organisers Ars Electronica GmbH Linz,iMAL Brussels, FACT Liverpool, m-cult Helsinki, Medialab-Prado Madrid, Media Architecture Institute Vienna, Riga 2014, Videospread Marseille, BIS Body Process Arts Association Istanbul, The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb.We are also delighted that MUTEK Montreal, Marseille Provence 2013 and Aarhus University will accompany the project as associated partners. Additional partners will enrich the project throughout the years with their expertise.
The Media Facades Festival Helsinki, presenting present media and electronic art projects in the public space, organised by our partner m-cult, offers the perfect frame for our kick-off event. The festival takes place from August 23-26, 2012.
A Connecting Cities online platform is currently in progress. As a pool and database of experience and knowledge the site will provide a forum for the discourse of Urban Media Facades and keep you up to date about project results, events and artist calls.
With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.