PUBLIC ART LAB & VR/URBAN (Based in Germany)

Public Art Lab, as initiator of the Connecting Cities Network, presents the network, its projects and partners at the OCT-LOFT Creative Festival 2013 in Shenzhen, China. The focus lies on the philosophy, practice and evolution creative platforms like Connecting Cities and leads the visitor through its main milestones and investigatigations: Networked City 2013 / Participatory City 2014 and the In/Visible City 2015.

The SMSlingshot by VR/Urban is presented as an opening live performance for public engagement - without censorship. One part of the exhibition is dedicated to the collective's prototyping and research process of SMSlingshot.

Supported by the Goethe-Institute Beijing.


Photographs: © Public Art Lab


Artist biography

Public Art Lab (PAL) is a Berlin based platform of experts from the fields of urban planning, new media art and IT in Berlin, directed by curator Susa Pop. PAL realises networking urban art projects that catalyse artistic processes and public awareness in temporarily occupied urban settings. They encourage audiences to participate in the creative process and experience their daily environment from different perspectives. These projects aim at fostering community development, identity building and communication among the city inhabitants. Such exemplary projects include nomadic communities like Mobile Museums (2004) and Mobile Studios (2006), Mobicases (2007, 2009, 2011) and Round Table Ukraine (2011-2013).
Currently Public Art Lab builds up the Connecting Cities Network (CCN) as a follow-up project of its activities in the field of urban media. In an action research process PAL creates a dialogue with cutting-point-players at the intersections of arts and technology, city planning and city marketing by including new strategies of urban prototyping.

VR/Urban is a collective of public media interventionists founded in 2008. Since than they work together in the fields of interaction design and media art. The work of VR/Urban has been exhibited in Boston, Riga and several times in Berlin. The aim of all projects is to reclaim urban screens for the public. In tradition of situative art and graffiti culture, VR/Urban augments existing city structures with interventive and interactive media-art. The core persons behind the VR/Urban group are the media computerscien-/artist Patrick Tobias Fischer and the designer, Thilo Hoffmann and design researcher Christian Zöllner. The team members are fluid elements of partners and friends in the fields of art, music, design, science and architecture.


Opening: 8 December 2013 / 5:30pm-6:30pm @ Shenzen, China

Exhibition: 9 December 2013-3 August 2014 @ Shenzen, China