On September 11 Connecting Cities partner presents three Connecting Cities projects which were produced and adapted for Medialab-Prado’s digital facade within the framework of the ‘Invisible and Visible Cities 2015 Open Call’ of the Connecting Cities Network. By aiming to build up a connected infrastructure of media facades, urban screens and projection sites to circulate artistic and social content, these Connecting Cities projects seek to fulfil a part of this theory and philosophy in Madrid.

The first project which will be shown is ‘Open Urban Television (OUT)’ by Rodrigo Deslo Gutiérrez and Alberto Gómez Saiz (based in Madrid and London). It aims to develop a new branch on CCTV existing infrastructure of surveillance to be used by citizens in order to fight the unbalanced relation of urban visualization and visibility between different urban actors.

The workshop ‘Wanting To and Being Able to Screen in the City’ by collectivo n’Undo (based in Madrid) pursues two aims: first to develop methods through participatory tools, which allow us to know which contents potential spectators are interested in seeing on the city’s screens. And second to learn more about the legislation, rules and conditions that determine what contents can be screened freely, openly and civically.

The third project will be ‘Hidden Histories’ by Soenke Zehle, Simon Worthington, Henrik Elburn and Loraine Furter together with bookcamping collective (based in Berlin and Brussels). This workshop proposes the co-development of a software that will enable us to visualize fragments of a citizen collective archive on a digital façade.

‘False Positive: On The Null Hypothesis’ by Mark Shepard, Julian Oliver and Moritz Stefaner (based in the UK and Linz) will be presented in November 2015 at Medialab-Prado. 'False Positive' is an urban intervention and workshop that aim to catalyze public debate surrounding the infrastructural politics underlying mobile communication systems and the surreptitious network practices of contemporary informatics regimes.

For further information please have a look at the website of Medialab-Prado.

Photograph: JARD's project within OUT's project (MAdrid-London)