What Urban Media Art Can Do – Why When Where and How?

What Urban Media Art Can Do – Why When Where and How? engages leading thinkers, artists, curators, architects and designers in an exploration of the aesthetic, theoretical, technological and practical conditions of what urban media art can do. The publication considers artistic responses to current urban threats and discourses in a time characterised by specific technological literacies and constructions of meaning, contextualised within theoretical perspectives.

The publication departs from the global, exploratory research undertaken by the Connecting Cities Network into media art’s contribution to urban culture and environments, architecture and co-creation of cities (2013-2016). It features a number of recent artworks and urban media environments from around the world, which critically engage with geospatial, (trans)local, hybrid, intelligent urban contexts and visions for digital placemaking. These artworks contribute to developing the still-emerging domain of urban media art.

New and classic benchmark essays by Inke Arns, Josef Bares, Moritz Behrens, Maurice Benayoun, Claire Bishop, Martin Brynskov, Sandy Claes, Matthew Claudel, Marcus Foth, Eric Kluitenberg, Susa Pop, Carlo Ratti, Ava Fatah gen. Schieck, Mark Shepard, Henriette Steiner, Norbert Streitz, Tanya Toft, Martin Tomitsch, Andrew Vande Moere, Kazys Varnelis, Kristin Veel, Nanna Verhoeff, Martijn de Waal, Peter Weibel, Katharine Willis, Niels Wouters, Mark Wright, and Soenke Zehle outline major historical moments and critical concerns relating to the current transformation of society in our digital era, to which urban media art respond.

Edited by Susa Pop, Tanya Toft, Nerea Calvillo and Mark Wright.

Artists featured include: Krzysztof Wodiczko, Ghana ThinkTank, Robin Hood Cooperative, VR/Urban, Media Facades Helsinki Team, JARD (Javier Argota, Rodrigo Delso) & Alberto Gómez, Orkan Telhan & Mahir Yavuz, Tactical Technology Collective, Suse Miessner, Blake Shaw & Bruno Levy, Karen Lancel & Hermen Maat, The Constitute, Sandra Linton Huezo & David Heaton, Michelle Teran, Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet Sola, Anders Weberg, Jeremy Bailey, Moritz Stefaner, Jay Chow, Lev Manovich, Paul Sermon & Charlotte Gould, Radamés Ajna & Thiago Hersan, Moment Factory & Etienne Paguette, Ars Electronica Futurelab, World Wilder Lab, Johannes Marschall, Till Fastnacht & Abraham Ornelas Aispuro, Michael Ang, Andrea Polli, Melanie Nobis, Achim Friedland & Ricardo O’Nascimento, Robert Seidel, Circumstance, Sergio Galán, Jim Campbell, Florian Licht, Lucas Bambozzi, Pablo Serret de Ena, Critical Engineering Working Group, Matěj Al-Ali & Tomáš Moravec, Nina Valkanova & Moritz Behrens, Dietmar Offenhuber, Florian Born & Christoph Fraundorfer.