viernes, 20 de septiembre de 2013

Week picks #19


The Living Innovation Zone Program (LIZ) makes it possible to use public space in new and exciting ways. LIZ makes it easier for people and organizations to utilize City-owned property
for creative projects and innovative technologies.

San Francisco is the innovation capital of the world. The city is home to some of the most dynamic people, institutions and corporations on the planet. Its culture celebrates human capital, new modes of thinking, creative expression and a DIY spirit. Yet, walking around the city’s public spaces, there are few monuments or physical expressions of the economic and technological movements that define San Francisco today.

The Living Innovation Zone Program (LIZ) seeks to create a flexible framework that harnesses the city’s creativity by using City-owned assets, such as public spaces, and partnerships with leading organizations as catalysts for exploration, innovation and play.


Interactive technologies enable citizens to participate directly in artistic urban media projects. Thus they can play an active role in their urban environment instead of being passive consumers.

In 2014, with the topic of Participatory City, the Connecting Cities Network will in particular discuss the question of how urban media facades as a temporary field of interaction can become a catalyst for shared encounters and a platform for urban activism. Can art projects trigger an engagement of the citizens within their local communities? Can they connect the local public virtually with remote places? Can they help us exchange our expectations and visions with our (European) neighbours? Participatory City 2014 is all about experimenting in the public space with participatory processes that aim at exploring these and other questions.

Participatory City 2014 will take place in Berlin, Brussels, Helsinki, Linz, Liverpool, Madrid, Montreal, Riga and Sao Paulo. The Connecting Cities infrastructure to be considered by the artists for this Call for Proposals corresponds to the urban media facades of these cities. Nevertheless we also welcome proposals directed to other partner cities of the Connecting Cities Network. We will forward these proposals to the partner cities who might then decide to join our 2014 Connecting Cities Events.

Challenging questions: How can we open the screens as digital stages for public interventions? What is the impact of participatory projects realised in the European space on audience and community development of the European neighbourhoods?

The curators of the Connecting Cities Network will select at least 7 artist projects for the Connecting Cities Events of the Participatory City 2014. These projects will be presented on the urban media facades of the CCN and open live windows to other cities. The main challenge of Participatory City will be to identify contents with relevance on an international level and a site-specific local level by including the public audience in an artistic scenario.

The Hybrid City online resource aims to present artistic practices and innovative research projects which critically address the urban media while they also introduce new modes of their utilization and development. The online resource presents a wide spectrum of initiatives including visualisations, mappings, downloadable applications, urban mobile and online tools, game platforms, workshops documentations as well as models and prototypes which all seem to take into consideration not only the technological possibilities offered, but also the needs and interests of the city inhabitants.

Embracing collaboration, using DIY or DIWO practices and empowering local voices, some of the projects presented propose new forms of civic engagement and emphasize the need to remember a city’s cultural traits and societal features. Other works specifically examine the role of urban media in times or insurrection and recession and a great number of them raise issues of surveillance and control. Centralized mechanisms are often exposed, while the distributed logic is counter-proposed and spread as urban action. As citizen science becomes grassroots, measurements get performative and collective decision making becomes playful, the hybrid city online resource captures a city which is perceived not only through aggregated data, but also through collaborative efforts, hacked systems and affective dynamics.

Week picks series features some Fridays different initiatives and projects I found or want to highlight on this blog. It will help me to track new findings from community groups, startups or local governments working and delivering solutions relevant to the issues covered on this blog. I often bookmark them or save them on Tumblr while I wait to use them. Maybe this a good way.

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