Sandbox Berlin: collaborative field of interaction between digital and physical space
22.09.2007 by sujaschko posted in Related events | no comments

Use your hands! Collaborate and Create!

Workshop 3 – 5 October 2007
and Exhibition 6 – 14 October 2007

The Sandbox is a place available to all inhabitants of Second Life as a test platform and experimental field. Each user can produce and programme new objects with their own individual textures. The Sandbox is a clash of cultures - of digital and analogue clichés - a place of interaction in every form.

Sandbox Berlin translates this field of experimentation into public space in Real Life. In a three-day workshop, production of custom objects in a spontaneous and collaborative process will be tested in Real Life. Everyone is invited to join us on a deserted area, formerly part of the Berlin Wall, in the Mitte district, to build whatever they want. Tools, wood and other materials will be provided by Sandbox Berlin, so that flexible groups can quickly design and materialize objects.

Let’s test the Sandbox as a collaborative field of interaction in Real Life! Which phenomena will find their way into reality from the digital world? How will digital and physical space interact? How will the city react to a Sandbox?

Call for Participation

Everyone can take part! If you interested in helping to write the history of Sandbox Berlin, please register by e-mail. Spontaneous participation and visits to the workshops are welcome, completely in the spirit of Second Life.

The deadline for e-mail registration is 30th September 2007
Contact: Gordana Jovetic

PUBLIC ART in and around trieste till Oct 28
5.09.2007 by sujaschko posted in Related events, Topic, Uncategorized | no comments



I came across this project by chance and it seems to be heading into a similar direction as Urban Interface. Interestingly it does not have a proper website. You can hardy find anything on it on the Internet, only here,261,0,0,1,0

From the press release:

This major event includes a number of initiatives and its aim is to consider ways of exploring and creating art in public spaces and contexts, inside or outside the urban setting, but also in relation to and involving the onlooker, the community and the society, communicating directly with the public, who become protagonists – rather than mere spectators – of the creative act. The ultimate purpose is to effect conscious changes that will advance the progress of society.

The project will use new forms of communication involving the man and woman in the street, through socio-relational workshops, commercial hoardings and “artists’manifestos”, thus creating art platforms on streets and public areas – the city’s nerve centres, border areas and difficult suburban areas – with site-specific and “relational” performances.

In order to provide information on and guidance for the project, these revolutionary forms of communication, which aim to restore and give pride of place to a human dimension which has often been marginalised by the current media system, will be accompanied by more traditional methods. These will include an international documentary exhibition and an international conference where artists, curators, architects, town planners and public administrators will discuss the various aspects of Public Art.

Finally, a publication will bring together all the material from the various phases of the event.

The “Public Art” movement is a relatively recent phenomenon which has become extremely widespread. It appeared in the 1970s, particularly in England and America, first as Land (or Earth) Art, at a time when art felt the need to emerge from its usual appointed places – i.e. museums and galleries – to express itself in new and freer conditions, released from its traditional context

Public Art happens in places where people live, streets, areas known to everyone, so it’s people in the street that benefit from it most, and not only “those who are in the know”; their contribution, if any, is made at a later stage. The idea is to take art to the widest possible variety of places: squares, parks, schools, historical monuments, using site-specific events, i.e. events specially designed for that particular place to transform it with stimulating tokens of creativity, and whose function is to oblige the casual observer to take a fresh, sometimes critical look at things. In short, the objective is to improve the quality of life, urging people to see the surroundings in which they go about their lives with new eyes.

In the 1990s, Public Art, especially in Italy, turned toward what is known as “Relational Art”, a form of art that involves people directly, making them protagonists of the event, thus encouraging a deliberate, conscious approach to the typical problems found in a given social and environmental situation, which the artists and other people involved explore through workshops culminating in the creative act itself. In this way, the form of communication that takes place becomes the essence and substance of the event imagined by the artist. The aim is to achieve a conscious alteration of a given social context, which means that Relational Art has strong communicative/social connotations.

“PUBLIC ART in and around Trieste” intends to carry out a recognition of public art in general – the latter being historically characterised by various aspects and interpretations – in an attempt to introduce a systemic approach to a movement that is so vast and diversified and involves a complete about-turn from the traditional, and sacred, concept of ‘art’.


Alternative Concepts of Broadcasting: Power to the People?
4.09.2007 by sujaschko posted in Related events | no comments

15 x 15 by Richard Vickers (UK), Exchange Square

Urban Screens Manchester 07 Conference: 11 + 12 October 2007
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 Europe and beyond. He is known for his critical approach to new media and their social implications.

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.

Jai Redman (UK) is a Manchester based artist and environmental activist. Redman generally questions the cultural value of urban screens in public space. He will ask whether controlled ‘out of home media’ allow free speech at all and whether culture is being appropriated as a means of selling consumer culture.

15 x 15 by Richard Vickers (UK), Exchange Square
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×

Register your interest now at


Glasgow International Festival goes private and public
30.07.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in Related events | no comments

Announcing the dates and theme of the 2008 Festival McKee said:

“Glasgow international has always extended beyond the established art spaces in the city to inhabit derelict or renovated lesser known sites. In 2008 this will continue as the festival spreads even further across Glasgow.”

He added:

“Appropriately, the theme of the third Gi will centre on ideas of public and private—examining the changing nature of public space, the evolving landscape of public and private art funding and the fluid boundaries of privacy in a world of converging mobile technologies.”

Further details of the Gi programme information will be announced in the coming months. For additional information visit and register your details to receive updates.

Urban Screens Manchester 07
23.07.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in Related events | no comments

Manchester Conference: 11 + 12 October 2007

Public arts + events programme: 11 – 14 October 2007

Urban Screen Manchester 07 is a two day international conference taking place at Manchester’s Cornerhouse, Manchester‘s international centre for contemporary visual arts and film.

With a wide ranging focus, Urban Screens Manchester 07 explores the conditions for urban screens from a multitude of perspectives, making it highly relevant to media specialists, designers, artists, architects, urban planners, broadcasters and theorists. The Manchester conference is a follow-up to the first groundbreaking conference in this area, Urban Screens 2005 in Amsterdam.

The backdrop of urban screens which Ridley Scott envisioned in ‘Blade Runner’ (1981) has become a reality in some parts of the world today. The omnipresence of public displays such as LED, LCD, plasma screens, large scale projections and media facades demands a critical reflection on their impact on the city and on our perception. At the same time, they offer new possibilities for artistic and non-commercial use, for community development and play.

As broadband rates get ever faster, public screens will increasingly display more streamed content and other net based media formats making their programmes more interactive and less mono-directional. Urban Screens Manchester 07 explores the creation of content, commissioning / funding, curatorship and the architectural possibilities of urban screens in the 21st century.

The conference will feature more than 40 inspirational international experts including:

Mark Bennett senior manager, Target Corporate Media Center

Lucy Bullivant, architectural curator, critic and author

Jean-Claude Bustros, artist and associate professor, Concordia University

Uta Caspari, art historian and researcher, Humboldt University

Micz Flor, media producer, content developer and theorist

Mathias Fuchs, media artist and course leader, Salford University

Mike Gibbons, Director, BBC Live Events

Kristin Gray, director, Victory Media Network

Glenn Harding, multimedia manager, Fed Square Pty Ltd

Erkki Huhtamo, media archaeologist, UCLA

Adam Hyde, artist and tactical media planner

Michelle Kasprzak, programmes director, New Media Scotland

Sylvia Kouvalis, curator, Yama screen

David Lakin, chartered engineer and principal consultant, Arup

Jason Lewis, digital artist and technology researcher, Concordia University

Joachim Sauter, media artist/designer and artistic director, ART+COM

Guenther Selichar, artist

Jen Southern, media artist and lecturer, University of Huddersfield

Mike Stubbs, director, FACT

Alexander Stublic, artist, Mader Stublic Wiermann

Maria Stukoff, artist and researcher, MMU

Els Vermang, artist, LAb(au)

The conference is accompanied by a dynamic programme of public events that show creative content in action in city centre Manchester. The city centre will come alive to an exciting range of international art works on public screens ranging from mobile projection, VJ sets, live streaming, video and animation programmes and audiovisual performances.

Register your interest here.

Delegate rates: £100 for both days / £80 for 1 day Concessionary rates (student / unwaged): £80 for both days / £60 for 1 day Group bookings available for 10+ student delegates

Urban Screens Manchester has been curated by Dr Susanne Jaschko (Germany) whose curatorial credits to date include transmediale (Germany), urban interface (Berlin / Oslo) and SCAPE Biennial of Art in Public Space (New Zealand)

COMPETITION Paradoxes of the Public – Art in Public Spaces
19.07.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in Related events | no comments

The City of Duisburg and the Duisburg Marketing GmbH are the organizers of the competition „Paradoxes of the Public“ which is supported by the Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes), the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia, the North Rhine-Westphalian Initiative UrbanBuildingCulture (Initiative StadtBauKultur NRW) and Vodafone. Co-organizer is the RUHR.2010 – European Capital of Culture.

In order for art to work as a germ cell and laboratory for what is new, one of the most important questions that must be answered is: Where are the public crystallization points emerging today, the points that radiate social dynamics, and where can art help them to take on a face, an image, a form

The goal of this competition, in preparation for 2010, the year of the European Capital of Culture in the Ruhr, is to initiate new art forms adapted to changed public spaces that take into account the perceptions of the users of a city (as drivers, consumers and telecommunications users) and will ideally invite people to participate.

The assignment will be to develop artists’ works exploring the aesthetic and social conditions of the following three public spaces:

1. Consumer Spaces: Shopping Malls and Arcades 2. Transitory Spaces: Streets and Motorways 3. Data Spaces: Mobile Technologies

Admitted to participate are artists and artists’ groups working in the fields of visual arts, media arts, performance, architecture, urban research / spatial planning.

It is proposed to realize three of the award-winning works in May 2008 for a limited period of time as part of the festival “Duisburger Akzente – State Cultural Festival of North Rhine-Westphalia”.

Deadline for submissions is October 1st.


Graffitti Research Lab promotes Lucky Strike?
19.07.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in Related events | no comments

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Bauhaus Weimar Art Interventions Präsentation und Diskussion auf der Biennale in Venedig
13.06.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in Related events | no comments

Trotz Kunsttaumel, Hitze und visuellem Overkill hatten sich am 9. Juni im Deutschen Studienzentrum in Venedig doch einige Besucher eingefunden, die an der Präsentation und Diskussion Art Interventions as Urban Development Strategies interessiert waren.

Begonnen wurde mit einigen Projekten, die im Rahmen der IBA Stadtumbaus gerade realisiert wurden. Die erste Präsentation stellte die Drive Thru Gallery vor, die erste Galerie Deutschlands, die man künftig „en passant“ – also im Vorbeifahren erleben kann. Die Drive Thru Gallery bietet dazu unter anderem in leer stehenden Gebäuden des stark befahrenen Innenstadtrings Ascherslebens Werke verschiedener Art. Als erster Künstler hat der britische Maler Christopher Winter fünf großformatige Bilder, die derzeit im Original in New York zu sehen sind, ausstellen.

Ein weiteres IBA Projekt kultiviert die Leere auf einem öffentlichen, aber derzeit unbebauten Platz in Halberstadt.

Mehr zum Studiengang Kunst im öffentlichen Raum und neue künstlerische Strategien an der Bauhaus-Uni Weimar hier.

W E T T B E W E R B Mein liebster Spaziergang – Mein schönster Spaziergang
8.05.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in Related events | no comments

Wer schätzt ihn nicht? Seinen liebsten Spaziergang, seinen schönsten Spaziergang. Oft sonntags mit der Familie oder mit Freunden. Oder in der Woche, um Ruhe und Luft zu tanken. Der Spaziergang bietet immer eine Gelegenheit, aus dem Alltag zu flüchten, sich zu erholen – eine Pause zu machen. Manchmal ist er sportlich und manchmal ist er abenteuerlich und führt uns auf unbekannte Wege. Manchmal ist er wie eine feste Verabredung: mit Menschen, Orten oder gar einzelnen Bäumen. Der Spaziergang in Berlin ist aber auf jeden Fall so vielfältig wie die Anwohnerinnen und Anwohner dieser Stadt selbst. Und der Spaziergang wird in dieser Stadt an allen erdenklichen Orten und Un-Orten begangen: in Parkanlagen, auf den Boulevards und Prachtpromenaden, auf den verwinkelten Wegen der vielzähligen Kieze, durch Wald und Wiesen, über Wasser und an den Ufern von Kanälen, Seen und Flüssen…

Für unser Ausstellungs- und Veranstaltungsprojekt „WALK! Spazierengehen als Kunstform – Über die allmähliche Verfertigung der Gedanken beim Gehen“ (Eröffnung am 31. August, Laufzeit 1. September bis 14. Oktober 2007 im Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Infos unter: /prog_2.html) suchen wir den liebsten, den schönsten Spaziergang dieser Stadt und rufen einen Wettbewerb aus.

Teilnahmebedingung: Jede Berlinerin, jeder Berliner, die/der ihren/seinen liebsten oder schönsten Spaziergang in dieser Stadt beschreiben möchte und diesen Spaziergang mit Besucherinnen und Besuchern der Ausstellung „WALK!“ teilen möchte.

Der Spaziergang sollte in Berlin durchführbar sein und wird gemeinsam mit dem Preisträger und TeilnehmerInnen am Sonntag, dem 2. September 2007, um 14.00 Uhr begangen werden.

Kommerzielle oder professionelle Angebote sind ausgeschlossen.

Einzureichende Unterlagen : ein Text (nicht länger als zwei Seiten) und/oder ein Verlaufsplan und/oder Fotos (digital oder Abzüge) und/oder ein Film (max. 5 min. auf Mini DV oder DVD). Die eingereichten Materialien und Unterlagen werden einbehalten und ggf. im Rahmen der Ausstellung aus- oder vorgestellt.

Einsendeschluss : bis zum 15. Juni 2007 mit der Post an den Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien.

Jurierung : Die Wahl des liebsten oder schönsten Spazierganges erfolgt durch eine unabhängige fünfköpfige Fachjury. Dieser gehören an: Stéphane Bauer (Leiter des Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien und Kurator von WALK!), Eva Epple ( Initiatorin des Bürgerprojekts “Netzwerk für 20 grüne Hauptwege in Berlin” ), Christine Heidemann (Kunsthistorikerin und Kuratorin von WALK!), Katja Reichard (Künstlerin und Mitbetreiberin der Buchhandlung Pro qm), Martin Schmitz (Verleger und Lehrbeauftragter an der Universität Kassel auf dem Gebiet der Spaziergangswissenschaft)

Der Rechtsweg ist ausgeschlossen. Die Jury wird selbst ihre Auswahlkriterien festlegen. Eine Begründung der Jurierung erfolgt nicht. Die Preisträger werden bis zum 1. August 2007 informiert.

Preise : 1. Preis ein Honorar in Höhe von 150,00 Euro. 2. Preis: Ein mp3-Player. 3. Preis: Ein Buchpaket zum Thema Spazierengehen. Alle TeilnehmerInnen erhalten eine Einladung zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung am Freitag, den 31. August 2007, 19 Uhr im Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. Die Jury wird zudem einen Sonderpreis vergeben und einen Spaziergang zur Veröffentlichung in der zur Ausstellung erscheinenden Begleitzeitung auswählen.

Informationen : Stéphane Bauer und Christine Heidemann, Kuratoren des Projektes „WALK!“ unter 030-90298-1455 oder oder

Berlin, im April 2007

The Public in Question: The Politics of Artistic Practices
6.05.2007 by Urban Interface Berlin posted in Related events | no comments

Symposium | 04.05.2007 – 05.05.2007 Venue | Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Schillerplatz 3, A – 1010 Wien, Raum M 13

Die Öffentlichkeit steht heute verstärkt zur Debatte und der öffentliche Raum und Demokratisierungsprozesse scheinen zunehmend unter Beschuss zu geraten. Das Ziel dieses Symposiums ist es, zu erforschen, auf welche Weise ästhetische Strategien die öffentliche Sphäre in der Vergangenheit herausgefordert haben und auch zukünftig eine Rolle spielen werden.

Der erste Teil besteht in der kritischen Beurteilung der Geschichte künstlerischer Auseinandersetzung innerhalb des öffentlichen Raumes – beginnend mit der Tradition der Avantgarde, welche die Kunst in das Leben projiziert hatte, samt ihren konzeptuellen Manifestationen und Interventionen, aber auch der Kunst der institutionellen Kritik. Was funktionierte, was nicht und warum? Dies leitet die zweite Fragestellung ein, der sich das Symposium widmet: Welchen Nutzen haben diese Strategien heute? Sind sie noch relevant oder benötigen wir neue Rüstzeuge? Um diese Fragen zu beantworten, ist es notwendig, unsere momentanen Konditionen zu analysieren – vor allem im zeitgenössischen Kunst-betrieb, in seinen Institutionen und in deren weithin reichenden ökonomischen und politischen Verflechtungen mit den Medien und dem Rest der Welt. Wo, fragt das Symposium, steht die ðÖffentlichkeitÐ heute – und müsste man sie verteidigen?

(Text Stephen Zepke)

Freitag 4. Mai 2007

10.30 h Begrüßung: Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen | Rektor der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien Einführung: Chantal Mouffe | Professor der Politikwissenschaften am Center for the Study of Democracy | University of Westminster, London

11.15 h – Art After the Art Market

Boris Groys | Philosoph | Professor für Philosophie und Medienwissenschaften an der Staatlichen Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe Renée Green | Dekan am San Francisco Art Institute Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen (Moderator) | Rektor der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

14.00 h – Conceptual Practices and the Public Space

Molly Nesbit | Kunsthistorikerin und -kritikerin | Professor of Art am Vassar College, New York Marina Grzinic | Philosophin und Künstlerin | Professorin am Ordinariat für konzeptuelle Kunst an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien Christian Philipp Müller | Künstler | lebt und arbeitet in New York | ABGESAGT Sabine Breitwieser (Moderatorin) | Künstlerische Leiterin und Geschäftsführerin Generali Foundation 16.30 h – The Transformations of Institutional Critique

Maria Lind | Kuratorin und Kritikerin | Intendantin am IASPIS in Stockholm Gerald Raunig | Philosoph | arbeitet am European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies als Koordinator von “republicart” und “transform” Franco Berardi (Bifo) | Philosoph | lehrt Sozialgeschichte der Kommunikation an der Akadmie der bildenden Künste in Mailand Marion von Osten (Moderatorin) | Künstlerin und Autorin | Professorin am Institut für künstlerisches Lehramt an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

Samstag, 5. Mai 2007

10.30 h – Art as Public Intervention

Krzysztof Wodiczko | Künstler | Professor der bildenden Künste am MIT University conference organizers Diedrich Diederichsen | Kulturkritiker | Professor für Theorie, Praxis und Vermittlung von Gegenwartskunst an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien Alice Creischer | Künstlerin | Autorin und Kuratorin | lebt und arbeitet in Berlin und Buenos Aires Sabeth Buchmann (Moderatorin) | Kunsthistorikerin und Kritikerin | Professorin für Kunstgeschichte der Moderne und Nachmoderne an der Akademie der bildenenden Künste Wien 14.00 h – Artistic Activism and the Media

Brian Holmes | Philosoph | unabhängiger Forscher | lebt und arbeitet in Paris Marko Peljhan | Künstler | außerordentlicher Professor für Kunst und Medienkunst und Technologie an der University of California, Santa Barbara Marcelo Expósito | Künstler und Theoretiker | Mitherausgeber von Brumaria” und “transversal” | ABGESAGT

Dorit Margreiter | Künstlerin | Professorin am Ordinariat für Video und Videoinstallation der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien Stephen Zepke (Moderator) | Lehrbeauftragter an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

16.30 h – Which Public Space for which Public?

Vasif Kortun | Kurator | Leiter am Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul Okwui Enwezor | Kurator und Kunstkritiker | Dekan und Senior-Vizerektor am San Francisco Art Institute | ABGESAGT Françoise Vergès | Theoretiker und Kunstkritiker | Professor für Post-Colonial Studies am Goldsmiths College, London Christian Höller | Theoretiker und Kunstkritiker | Herausgeber von “Springerin – Hefte für Gegenwartskunst” Andreas Spiegl (Moderator) | Vizerektor für Lehre und Forschung an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien