June 14, 2006

Urban Picture:


The Moving Image in the Public Environment

Urban Picture: The Moving Image in the Public Environment; July 6th, 2006; Lewis Media Centre, Westminster, London SW1.

With moving image displays becoming a major aspect of the urban landscape The Moving Image in the Public Environment Conference will look at themes of - New Media, Urban Space, Public Sphere, Social Value and Civic Culture in the Urban Environment - and the evolution of new concepts for art in the public realm that demand the use of diverse forms of emergent media. It will focus on the development of digital art, external screens, video projections, media and light festivals in urban settings and will consider the potential for cultural programmes, expansion of audience, different use for city spaces, public art programmes and turning cinemas ‘inside-out’.


Dan Dubowitz, Artist and Director of Civic Works will talk on New media for city wide projects: The Peeps’ for Ancoats, Manchester and ‘Hobo’ for Sunderland. This will be the first time he will speak publicly about ‘the peeps’, a large scale permanent artwork for the public realm developing between 2003-2007 and comprising 15 discreet sites imured (walled in to) in the rebuilt fabric of the city and viewed through peepholes. ‘hobo’ for Sunderland is an itinerant public art work-akin to a festival programme.

Mike Gibbons, Chief Project Manager, Live Events, BBC, will highlight the rapid developments made in outdoor screening in the United Kingdom over recent years, considering emergent technology, new partnerships and the ground breaking Big Screens projects, that are bringing city squares to life.

Shane Walter, Director of leading agency onedotzero, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year with a series of international events, will talk about prominent digital artists and groups that are working in the public realm, as well as his own work, and the potential of what can be done.

Amsterdam based Mirijam Struppek, urbanist researcher, consultant and curator of Urban Screens 05 will talk on: The Potential of Outdoor Screens in Urban Society.

Steve Manthorp is coordinator of Digital North, the umbrella body for digital arts organisations across the Northern Way. He completed the installation of the city centre screens in Bradford this year and will discuss how to build culture into a big screen project.

David Gryn, Director, Artprojx, has been holding a number of successful film and video art screenings at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester square, and will consider the Potential of Contemporary Visual Art in the Context of the Cinema.

Gini Simpson, Head of Media Arts, SPACE, will focus on the vastly increased demand for new technology by artists and local communities. She will look at means of building audience and participant bases, while linking artists, arts organizations and local communities.

Gill Cooper, Head of Arts and Culture, City of York Council will consider the benefits of Using Digital Media and Light-Based Artists for Public Art Installations in Historic Settingshaving developed stunning public art instillations in the centre of York that used the latest in lighting technology.

Michael Pinsky, a leading contemporary visual artist, has completed an array of commissions in the public realm using video art and digital projections and will discuss his instillations in Doncaster and Darlington.

Lucy Bullivant, architectural curator, author and critic, her latest book Responsive Environments: Architecture, art and design is published by the V&A this year, looks at the use of Electronic Surfaces and Interactivity in Architecture.

Following the success of the sell-out First National Public Art Conference, this event will consider one of the most innovative and major growth areas in this field. Key professional practitioners will explore the potential use of the moving image in the visual arena of our public spaces and the creation of large scale permanent artwork for the public environment. Hear the latest thinking, keep up with recent developments, learn how emergent technologies can be used for diverse cultural programmes and contribute to the debate.

Organised by Art and Architecture Journal

Posted by jo at June 14, 2006 02:34 PM