Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab

12 Juin - 20 Juin 2014
Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab

Symposium, masterclass & urban interventions

Dans le cadre du projet européen Connecting Cities : Participatory City 2014, iMAL organise une masterclasse Urban Media Lab.

Pour enrichir la réflexion et ouvrir de nouvelles perspectives, nous invitons d’abord des chercheurs et artistes renommés à venir présenter différents aspects des médias urbains. Ce symposium de deux jours est gratuit et ouvert à tous (présentations en Anglais). L'archive complète du symposium est à présent visible sur Youtube!

Ce symposium servira d’introduction à un atelier/workshop intensif, mené par les artistes Ali Momeni & Luciano Pinna. Pendant six jours, les participants vont explorer de nouvelles formes de participation urbaine, en exploitant les technologies mobiles existantes ou en bricolant leurs propres dispositifs.

En clôture de cet atelier, les projets développés par les artistes seront testés et montrés dans l’espace urbain. Rejoignez-nous donc les 20 et 21 juin dans les alentours d’iMAL. Documentation video des projets ici!

Masterclass results & tour (Fri. 20 - Sat. 21 June)

Come and join us for the Urban Media Lab tour starting Friday 20 June 18:30 at square Breughel L'Ancien (Marolles lift) and Saturday 21 June 15:00 at the entrance of metro station Comte de Flandre (near iMAL). The iMAL team will guide you to the projects developed during the masterclass by the participating artists. 

Video documentation here and click here for more information about each project.

Friday 20 June  

L’arbre à mémoire by Niels Goossens / Lucia Jeesun Lee
Location : Square Bruegel l'Ancien (down the Marolles lift)
Time : 18:30 – 19:00   

Walk towards Parc Royal 
Time : 19:00 – 19:20

SuperForager by Samantha Jones / Laura Pullig / Neil Winterburn
Location : exit at metro station Parc (Parc Royal)
Time : 19:30 – 20:15  

Saturday 21 June  

Oscillating Cities by Chris Woods 
Location : between the two exits at metro station Comte de Flandre (near iMAL)
Time : 15:00 – 15:30 

Walk towards place Sainte Catherine 
Time : 15:30 – 15:40 

Home Sweet Home by Polina Zioga / Alexandros Nikolaos Ziogas / Kalina Ntampiza 
Location : Place Sainte Catherine
Time : 15:45 – 16:15

Walk towards Grand Place
Time : 16:15 – 16:30  

Cultural hARitage in Brussels by Joatan Preis Dutra
Location : Grand Place
Time : 16:30 – 17:00 

Urban Media Symposium (Fri. 13 - Sat. 14 June)

During two days, artists, researchers and thinkers will share their experience and thoughts about urban media and interventions, the smart city and other techno-urban utopias, participation and engagement of citizens, urban devices and interfaces, augmented reality, ...

With: Katia Truijen (NL), Niels Wouters (BE), Mark Shepard (US), Martijn de Waal (NL), Michael Smyth (UK), Nanna Verhoeff (NL), Ali Momeni (US), Sander Veenhof (NL) and Tobias Revell (UK).

The symposium is open to the public and free!

Click for more info & watch the archive!

Friday 13 June

10:00 – 13:00
Katía Truijen: Urban Dialogues. Media Interventions as Assembling Devices
Niels Wouters: Media in Public Space: Towards Bottom-Up Strategies
Tobias Revell: Designed Conflict Territories

13:00 – 14:30

14:30 – 18:00
Nanna Verhoeff: Below the Surface: Criticality in Cultural Interfaces
Martijn de Waal: Idealizing the smart city
Mark Shepard: Sentient Urbanism

Saturday 14 June

10:00 – 13:00
Michael Smyth: Urban Interaction Design :: Exploring the Space between People and the City
Ali Momeni: Center for Urban Intervention Research
Sander Veenhof: Augmented reality beyond the visuals :: connecting location, data and people

13:00 – 14:30

Urban Media Lab Masterclass (Sun. 15 - Fri. 20 June)

During this six-days, intensive masterclass, selected artists will develop pieces that allow the audience to experience new ways of interaction in and with the urban environment and to understand, respond to, evaluate and question the transformations that the city is undergoing.

To lead this workshop, we are inviting artists Ali Momeni & Luciano Pinna, as well as a team from Ars Electronica's Futurelab who will present their LinzerSchnitte project.

The results of this workshop will be presented in the public space in Brussels on Friday evening & Saturday.

See the results of this workshop here!

The openLAB masterclasses

In 2005, iMAL initiated its first openLAB, which proved to be a huge success. Followed the Projections on forms and spaces openLAB led by HC Gilje in 2011, and Generator.x 3.0 : from code to atoms led by Marius Watz in 2012. This openLAB is our first to explore urban media art.

openLAB masterclasses are intensive, projects-based workshops. After a preliminary selection through a call for projects, the participants will bring their ideas to fruition during a workshop week (Production Lab). The results are always documented and presented in a public event, which definitely fuels participants' motivation.

Before the Production Lab itself, the participants, together with the workshop leaders and iMAL team, will develop, refine and discuss their projects. During the production phase, a team of assistants will help the participants in the making of the final projects.

Infos Pratiques

Public Symposium

13 June, 10:00-18:00
14 June, 10:00-14:30

Workshop / Production Lab
15-20 June 

Public Presentation
Fri 20 June, 18:00 - 22:00
Sat 21 June, 13:00 - 18:00

The symposium and workshop take place at iMAL
30, Quai des Charbonnages/Koolmijnenkaai
1080 Brussels

The public presentation will take place in the public space in the neighbourhood of iMAL (more info later)

Galerie Média


Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab is produced by iMAL and funded by the European Union (Culture Programme). With the support of Brussels Capital-Region.


Connecting Cities Network is initiated by Public Art Lab in co-organization with Ars Electronica, Media Architecture Institute, FACT, Amber Platform, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, m-cult, Medialab-Prado, iMAL, Foundation Riga 2014 and Videospread, in association with Mutek Montreal, Marseille-Provence 2013, Aarhus University, Quartier des spectacles Montréal, Foundation Bauhaus Dessau, Verve Cultural São Paulo; funded by the European Commission – Programme Culture; supported by Streampark TV and ARTE Creative.