Public Art Lab (PAL) is a Berlin based action research lab and platform for urban media art that investigates, curates, and produces artistic projects in the urban public sphere at the intersection of media arts, urban planning and creative technologies. PAL is specialised in creative citymaking, citizen science and translocal dialogue that empower social interactions and citizens’ engagement.
These collaborations create citizens’ platforms, new artistic market places, festivals and networks that facilitate an open co-design process with the stakeholders to facilitate community place-making and neighbourhood building. Recent action research projects of PAL are the Creative Europe funded project of Future DiverCities (2016-2020) with focus on co-creation in the urban context and Digital Calligraffiti (2017-19), a community building project for civic engagement and the Urban Media Art Academy (2017-19).
Such exemplary projects include nomadic communities projects like Mobile Museums (2004) and Mobile Studios (2006), Mobicases (2007, 2009, 2011) and Round Table Ukraine (2011-2013).
Urban Media Art Projects
Since 2007 PAL investigates the communicative and cultural potential of urban screens and media facades in an action research process. Pilot projects were the Media Facades Festival 2008 and 2010, followed by the Innovation Forum Urban Screens (2011) and Connecting Cities (2012-16). With the mission of ‘Reclaim the Screens!’ Connecting Cities transforms the large-scale digital infrastructures into community platforms and contributes to participatory translocal citymaking.
Public Art Lab’s Citizen Science projects create awareness about environmental issues and circular eco-systems. During the International UNESCO Light Year 2015, PAL curated the light and science festival ‘City Visions’ for the city of Jena, Germany. Further projects: Public Face II and Fake Star.
Publications: Media Cultures (2012), aveedition / What Urban Media Art Can Do (2016) avedition / Creativity in the Urban Context (2018)