Public art + events programme: 11 - 14 October 2007
One focus session of the Urban Screens Conference scrutinises the pubic accessibility of media platforms in public space. A related art project is shown in the art + events programme.
In theory access to public spaces is unrestricted. In reality control and restriction of public spaces is increasing. Can urban screens take up the role of a public communication medium enabling one-to-many or many-to-many communication? How much freedom of expression is acceptable to the public, or is censorship unavoidable even in a democratic society? How far could urban screens grow into an alternative broadcast medium, taking account of societal heterogeneity and also giving a voice to fringe groups?
Moderator Eric Kluitenberg (NL) lectures and publishes extensively on culture, new media, and cultural politics throughout
Adam Hyde (NZ/NL) has been a new media artist for almost 10 years. In his talk he will examine the prevalent web 2.0. trend of user generated content and will take a look at the myths and realities of this current tendency.
Jason Lewis (CA) is a poet, digital media artist and software designer focusing on experiments in visual language, text and typography. His talk will review the results of sixteen ‘Cityspeak’ deployments, a public SMS messaging project and will examine the ever-more tightly controlled means for communicating in public space.
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15 x 15 by Richard Vickers (
The art and events programme picks up on the topic of user generated content for urban screens with the participatory project 15 x 15 by Richard Vickers.
In 1968 Andy Warhol stated that; ‘In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes’. Using Warhol’s statement as a premise, 15×15 advances the statement into the 21st century; with new media technology everyone can be world famous….for 15 seconds. Participants will be able to contribute to the piece using a standard mobile camera phone that can capture video, and can send video clips directly from their camera phone using MMS (Multimedia Message Service), or upload from a personal computer to the online database at www.15×15.org.
Register your interest now at www.manchesterurbanscreens.org.uk