Simone Arcagni (IT): CityNet – the city as macromedium

Arcagni is scholar and critic within the field of cinema, video, media and new technology. He is also a researcher at the University of Palermo. Arcagni collaborates with “Nòva – Il Sole 24 Ore”, “Technonews”, “Bravacasa”, “Close-up”, “Oxygen”, “Segnocinema”, “Tutto  Digitale”, “Bianco & Nero”, and more. He runs a blog called Postcinema though the journalistic site «Il Sole 24 Ore»:

Simone founded ScreenCity, the International Academic Journal on Media and Informational City, which he also directs together with Katia Gasparini. He collaborates, reviews book series, and takes part in a scientific committee of various international conferences, festivals. He has written and edited various books including: Music VideoOltre il cinema – Metropoli e mediaScreen CityDalPostmoderno al post-cinemaCinema e web.

Simone Arcagni is leading through the symposium and gives an introductory analysis about the city as macro-medium in a post-cinematic perspective.

Simon Biggs (UK): A question of screens – images, media and storytelling

Simon Biggs is a media artist, writer and curator with an interest in digital poetics, affective, interactive and performance environments, interdisciplinary research and co-creation. His work has been presented internationally, including Tate Modern, Pompidou, Academy de Kunste Berlin, Maxxi Rome, Macau Arts Museum, Walker Art Center, Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has spoken at numerous conferences and universities, including ISEA, ePoetry, SLSA, ELO, and Cambridge, Brown, Cornell, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, Paris8, Sorbonne, Bergen Universities. Publications include Remediating the Social (ed, 2012), Autopoeisis (with James Leach, 2004), Great Wall of China (1999), Halo (1998), Magnet (1997), Book of Shadows (1996). He is Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts, University of Edinburgh. 

Simon Biggs will speak about and present documentation of projects that employ large-scale projection in public spaces combined with interactive, immersive and pervasive computer systems.

Ava Fatah Gen. Schieck (UK): Social interaction and urban screens

Ava Fatah Gen Schieck is an architect, educator and researcher. Her interests lie in architecture and Interaction Design. She investigates the intersection of interaction design, pervasive media technologies, architecture and urban design through the design, and implementation of location-based mediated experiences, situated and networked, in the real world setting. Currently she leads ‘Screens in the Wild’ ( Ava is lecturer on the MSc Adaptive Architecture and Computation at The Bartlett, London. She explores the Body as Interface: including space perception, proxemics, body movement, choreography and the City as Interface with the focus on the embodied and performative aspects of the spatial experience mediated through digital, networked and increasingly location based technologies. She spoke at numerous international conferences and media art venues and her work was published extensively in international peer reviewed publications including the Urban Screens Reader; the first book to offer an anthology of extracts from key texts that focuses entirely on the topic of urban screens and media facades. She is Co-Chair on the Media Architecture Biennale in Denmark’12,’14.

Ava Fatah Gen. Schieck will talk about the design and implementation of large connected screens in urban space with the focus on urban play and mediated social interaction; situated and remote.

Mirjam Struppek (DE): urban screening cultures reflecting the modern city development

Struppek is based in Turin and Berlin. With a background in Urban- and Environmental Planning she works as Urbanist and Curator on the sustainable liveability of urban space and its transition through new media, focussing on interactive and participatory processes. In 2004 she founded Urban Media Research around the online-Information-platform Interactionfield and set-up for four years the monthly expert meeting Urban Media Salon. Mirjam has been instrumental in building the Urban Screens community around the world-travelling Urban Screens Festivals and founded the International Urban Screens Association. Since 2007 she is as well part of Public Art Lab and co-initiated the Media Facades Festival 2008 and the follow-up MFF Europe 2010. In 2008 she was awarded ‘Personality of the Month’, a distinction by Projekt Zukunft (Project Future) Berlin. Among others she worked as curator for the Farbfest Bauhaus Dessau 2012 and held presentations and workshops in more than 40 cities in 18 countries. 

Mirjam Struppek will reflect about contemporary urban screening cultures and the relation of these creative interventions to the modern development of our cities and their public spaces.

Tanya Toft(DK): On curatorial perspectives in public space

Tanya Toft is a curator based in New York City and a Ph.D. Fellow at Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies at Copenhagen University. Her research and curation is focused on moving image and digital artworks curated for public space. She is Curator and initiator of Nordic Outbreak, a traveling exhibition with Nordic moving image curated for public space, presented by Streaming Museum. In 2013 she is the invited co-curator of the second SP_Urban Digital Festival in São Paulo. Among her previous exhibitions arePlay! at SESI Gallery Sao Paulo 2012 co-curated with Marília Pasculli, Cyborg Alarm: When Technology, Imagination and Body Collide, presented in New York, Sydney, Melbourne and Berlin in 2012, and a solo exhibition with French new media artist Maurice Benayoun in New York 2012, co-curated with Nina Colosi. Her articles on the role of digital media art in urban public space have been published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Interdisciplinary Themes Journal and MediaCity: Interaction of Architecture, Media and Social Phenomena. In 2012/2013 she is a curatorial participant at CuratorLab at Konstfack Universitet, Stockholm, and in 2013/2014 she is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, GSAPP, New York.

Tanya Toft will present The Nordic Outbreak project and discuss curatorial perspectives in public space. She will also reflects on the architectural dimension of interface aesthetics and digital moving images in an urban context

All symposium texts will be published via Screen City – the International Academic Journal on Media and Informational City:

Symposium Overview

11.30h - Registration
12.00h - Welcome by Daniela Arriado
12.05h - Simone Arcagni: CityNet - the city as macromedium
12.25h - Simon Biggs: A question of screens – images, media, storytelling
12.45h - Ava Fatah Gen. Schieck: Social interaction and urban screens
- Coffeebreak -
13.25h - Mirjam Struppek: urban screening cultures
13.45h - Panel debate - Reviving public space


15.15 - Tanya Toft: On curatorial perspectives in public space
15.35 - Panel debate - Curating the moving image in Public Space
16.30 - Performance 'Folgen' by Michelle Teran
- Coffeebreak -
17.30 - Trond Lossius: Re:place Project
17.40 - Artist talk by Bull Miletic: The revolving restaurant
18.15 - Animation Screening: Animated Cities