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July 06, 2006




URBAN SCREENS 2007, a joint project of BBC Public Space Broadcasting, Cornerhouse Manchester, MDDA, and the Institute of Network Cultures, is seeking candidates for the CURATOR position for its 2007 conference. The post is available starting December 2006, and will be funded for one year on a freelance basis.

URBAN SCREENS are interactive, dynamic digital information displays in urban environments. Forms and appearances range from LED billboards, plasma or SED screens, information displays in public transportation systems and electronic city information terminals to dynamic, intelligent surfaces that may be fully integrated into architectural façade structures. Their introduction in the urban environment poses new, unparalleled challenges and opportunities.

URBAN SCREENS 2005 was the first international conference of its kind. Presentations covered a broad spectrum of topics and issues, ranging from critical theory to project experiences by researchers and practitioners in the field of art, architecture, urban studies and digital culture.

URBAN SCREENS 2007 (Manchester, October 2007) will elaborate on this discussion, focusing on the potential of content: issues surrounding the production and display of media content for Urban Screens, as well as adaptive reuse of 'old' content for new media will be explored in detail. Topics will include the potential of public screens for interaction, Public Space Broadcasting (PSB), the politics of public space, mediated interaction and participation, and new participatory formats.


To be responsible for the delivery of the conference programme through collaboration with a wide variety of artists, curators and organisations by:

- Selecting presentations and art works;
- Creating a coherent 2-day conference programme;
- Coordinating a range of parallel exhibitions;
- Liaison with venues, partners, artists and institutions;
- Contributing to the documentation of the conference;
- Contributing to the communication and marketing plans for the conference;
- Ensuring access issues and Health and Safety are considered as part of the programme planning process;
- Working within budgets agreed by the Board of Urban Screens Projects Ltd.

RESPONSIBLE TO The Board of Urban Screens Projects Ltd.


- Extensive working experience as a curator and/or researcher;
- Excellent communication & writing skills;
- Extensive professional knowledge of (audio)visual arts;
- Extensive professional knowledge of the fields of new media & urban studies;
- Fluency in English & preferably one other language.

More information:

TERMS: This is a freelance contract, the successful candidate will responsible for payment of his or her own taxes. Payment will be made in four instalments against pre-agreed milestones. Fee £10,000 plus reasonable expenses. The contract will be made under UK law.

APPLICATIONS: To apply, please send a letter of application outlining how you meet the key competencies and have the relevant experience together with a current CV to:

Attn. Dave Moutrey, Director
70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH
United Kingdom

Deadline for applications is July 21, 2006.

Posted by jo at July 6, 2006 09:02 PM