Networked City 2013

Cities can be connected trans-locally through urban media facades, which provide space for intercultural encounters and exchange.

Challenging questions:
Can urban media facades become a catalyst for shared encounters in an identity-creating temporary field of interaction across the borders of time and distance? How can we use art projects to connect the local public virtually with the other places? What are the expectations and visions of our (European) neighbours?












Vectorial Elevation, Relational Architecture 4 by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer 1999
The SMSlingshot by VR/Urban, Media Facades Festival Europe 2010

Produced by ARTE Creative, editing by Ulli Lindenmann, design & animation by Philipp Kleinschmit (



The submission period ended on 2 November 2012. We had an overwhelming feedback on the call for Networked City 2013 which made the selection process a tough business. Thanks a lot to all the artists who submitted their projects!

A pre-selection was done in a collaborative process by the curators of the Connecting Cities Network during the Media Architecture Biennale in November 2012 and was finalised in January 2013. Since we are curating as a network the process is very special: Instead of having a central curation board deciding on all the projects to be produced, we have one curator in each participating city who selects at least one artist to be produced locally for the Networked City 2013:

Public Art Lab Berlin – The Constitute – ‘Ready to Cloud’
Public Art Lab Berlin – Karen Lancel & Hermen Maat – ‘Saving Face’
m-cult Helsinki – Robin Hood Minor Asset Management – ‘Robin Hood’
FACT Liverpool – Jeremy Bailey – ‘Master/Slave Invigilator System’
FACT Liverpool – Mar Canet & Varvara Guljajeva – ‘Binoculars’
Ars Electronica Linz – h.o – ‘Connecting Monsters’
Videospread Marseille – Pippo Lionni – ‘where2now’
Riga 2014 – Kristaps Ancans / Ideju Instituts – ‘Space for Mind Migration’
BIS Istanbul – Orkan Telhan & Mahir Yavuz – ‘United Colors of Dissent’
iMAL Brussels – Sander Veenhof – ‘Dance.AR’
iMAL Brussels – Sander Veenhof – ‘WeTube’
Medialab-Prado Madrid – Jose Calvo & Chema Blanco – ‘The Puppet Master’
Medialab-Prado Madrid – Sergio Galan – ‘TransEurope Slow’
Medialab-Prado Madrid – Pablo Serret de Ena – ‘Sonic Skate Plaza’

As a next step, the selected artists were invited to a workshop in Marseille in February 2013 where together with the curators they could their projects’ concept, technological setup and circulation within the participating cities during the Connecting Cities Events 2013.

More detailed Information

Mission: Human Futures of CONNECTING CITIES

The Urban Media Network for Connecting Cities is challenging a new level of leadership: Policy makers, economists and urban planners have failed to value the innovation factors of artist’s interventions and experiments, yet we all struggle with the rate of social and technological change. The projects shown within the Connecting Cities Network will maximise the value of Urban Media activities, making accessible content of high relevance to broader sets of communities, including public audiences and thereby building stronger links with policy makers on issues of sustainability, transport, cultural identity and diversity, education, urban informatics and society than thus so far. Smart Cities and Open Source Innovation are main issues within the Network’s aim of reinforcing a social, cultural and collaborative power of technologies.


Creating in the people’s mind not only awareness but also understanding for the current evolution of our urban environments, the Connecting Cities scenarios support the idea of the public space as space for creativity, visibility and exchange of culture where a connected public sphere is created.


The projects should include and explore the following issues:

  1. the affection of technological innovation on: Who am I? Who are you? Who are we? in terms of self-awareness and human experience
  2. open-up a mainly commercially used urban screens and media facades infrastructure as a lab for the public audience and creative people to be actively engaged in socio-political environments and interconnecting hyper-local communities through participation and visualisation of site-specific processes
  3. the role of art and creative technology in shaping human futures in terms of migration and transformation processes across places towards reconciliation and encouragement of dialogue among conflicting factions within our future societies
  4. stimulate a public discourse about the changing relation and the future of our urban development through the information and communication technologies (ICT) and sharing expertise and knowledge.


To produce a sustainable urban media network and communication model for the 21st Century, converging the boundaries between art/technology, practice/research and public/professional development that empowers the people to actively create their environments and contribute to human futures beyond the arts world.

Connecting Cities – Joint Broadcasting Events

The Connecting Cities Events allow artists to communicate and present their projects virtually to a great number of European public in ‚Joint Broadcasting Events’ which are real-time city-to-city interventions that aspire to share demands of the different cities and report about local issues and exchange peoples’ stories and ideas.
The media facades will be transformed into local stages and open a global window for the public audience to create a dialogue and connect the local public virtually with the other places throughout Europe and beyond.
The Connecting Cities Events within May and October 2013 will present simultaneously especially developed artists’ projects in all partner cities. The artists’ work will circulate within in the network and connect different cities with each other. All Connecting Cities Events will be followed by a research of audience and community development.


Building an urban screens & media facades infrastructure. The main technological objective is to set up a networked infrastructure of different urban screens and media facades that differ in regards of resolution, size, daylight compatibility, content management systems, internet connectivity and site specificity. By actively involving the citizens in a real-time city-to-city communication through socially relevant projects we will not only engage the local community but also bring European cities closer together. By linking existing urban media facades of the Connecting Cities Network, we will envision creating an infrastructure for creative people and European citizens within mainly commercially used digital big screens.

Open Source Activism

The artists’ work should carry the approach of an open technology to create a shared platform for experimentation and new developments of A to B software, motion tracking, data visualisation processing, semantic web, mobile and embodied interaction interfaces and streaming technologies.
Create your own screens
Driven by an interest in DIY we encourage projects that are conceived for new technologies like mobile screens, ambient performance projections and particularly such using alternative resources for their operation. By operating on and creating open source innovations we will set a stage for all kind of do-it-yourself-activism.


The works should be conceived of one (or more) of the above mentioned technology media operate on open source / mobile / simple systems come with an outline of its technical specifications in order to allow it’s easy Europe-wide adaptation be quickly to build up and remove – adaption time should be efficient (compared to the time the installation is running) use alternative resources such as solar / human energy (bicycles driven energy)


Selection of the artists work

The curators of the Connecting Cities Network will select 9 artist projects for the ‘Networked City 2013’. These projects will be presented on the urban media facades of the participating cities and open live windows to the cities. The main challenge of Networked City will be to identify contents with relevance on an international level and to develop technology standards by comparing the different local and national circumstances and production conditions.

Curators of the Connecting Cities Network

Susa Pop (Public Art Lab, Berlin), Céline Jouenne (videospread, Marseille), Mike Stubbs (FACT, Liverpool), Christopher Lindinger & Roland Haring (Ars Electronica, Linz), Yves Bernard (iMal, Brussels), Özlem Alkis (BIS, Istanbul), Nerea Calvillo (Medialab-Prado), Minna Tarkka (m-cult, Helsinki), Diana Civle (Riga 2014), Tihomir Milovac (MSU Zagreb), Alain Mongeau (MUTEK, Montréal), Ina Studenroth (Marseille-Provence 2013), Martin Brynskov (University of Aarhus), Pascal Lefebvre (Quartier des spectacles Montréal)

Fees and production budget

1 Arists’ fee: 1500Euro
1 production costs: 2000Euro

Conditions of participation

Your proposal should include the following:

  • CV (200 words)
  • description of the project idea (500 words)
  • possible locations of presentation (200 words)
  • Use the format: .pdf, .doc., .ppt, .mpeg, .mov, .jpeg, .tiff

Timing and Deadline

Selected artist’s work will be shown within live events between May and November 2013 of the Connecting Cities Network in 2013. Each one of the nine participating partners in 2013 will select one artist work, which will be shown and circulated within the whole Network between May and November 2013.
The first ‘Joint Broadcasting Event’ will take place in the beginning of May 2013. Further events will follow.
The artist work production will finish by April 2013.

Application deadline

Please submit your work until 2nd November 2012:

Curators’ selection deadline

17 November 2012

Selected Artist Projects


The Connecting Cities Events are city-to-city live interventions which will happen from August to November 2013 under the curatorial topic of Networked City. The CC Events are embedded in local programmes like the Media Facades Festival in Helsinki, Ikono On Air Festival in Berlin, Bauhausfest in Dessau, Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Amber Festival in Istanbul, Nuit Blanche in Brussels etc.

The urban media art projects of the 2013 CC Events have been produced by our 18 partner institutions and will circulate within the Connecting Cities Network on an interconnected infrastructure of urban screens, media facades and projection walls.

Soon a live stream of the art projects will be launched on this website, so if you cannot come to any of our venues, become part of the events online!

You can find more information about the Connecting Cities events in 2013 below.





Master/Slave Invigilator System, Jeremy Bailey, Bauhaus Dessau by Ruthe Zuntz 2013
Master/Slave Invigilator System, Jeremy Bailey, Bauhaus Dessau by Ruthe Zuntz 2013
Binoculars to, .. Binoculars from, Vavara Guljajeva & Mar Canet Sola, Bauhausfest Dessau by Ruthe Zuntz 2013
Saving Face, Karen Lancel & Hermen Maat, Bauhausfest Dessau by Ruthe Zuntz 2013