A Festival of Locative Media and Urban Community
Recent exhibitions, festivals and conferences across the US and in Europe have taken wireless networks, public space, locative media and urban environments as sites of intervention, creativity, and critique. Formulated within the emerging context of networked urbanism and mobile media, City Centered: A Festival of Locative Media and Urban Community will focus upon dynamics of the shifting, locative, cartographic and social space of the city. It is organized by educational, arts, community-based and civic organizations and asks how locative media can act as a platform and venue for community-led expression.
"I’ve always seen the park bench as a good metaphor for good urban space. You sit on them, you fall in love on them, you eat your sandwiches on them, you get drunk on them, you carve your name and your girlfriend’s name on them…” (Andrew Shoben, director of UK collective Greyworld)
Urban Designers around the world argue that the park bench is a good metaphor for good urban spaces. Jan Gehl’s Public Space Public Life research revealed that Perth has increased its cafe chair seats by 74% since 1993. Improvements to our streetscapes since the initial report have been fundamental to the increasing number of people enjoying Perth’s streets.
52 Suburbs is a stunning photo-journal of some of the intricacies that make up Sydney suburbia. It is put together by photographer Louise Hawson, whose plan is 'to nose around one new suburb every week for a year, in search of the beauty in the 'burb. (Beauty in this case meaning old, original, retro, rusty, repurposed, nostalgic etc).'
Travelling from Cronulla to Cabramatta, Wahroonga to Potts Point, Louise has a knack for contrasting the (seemingly) bland elements of suburbia, revealing the extraordinary in the everyday.
Image © Louise Hawson 2009
Growing Communities WA is delighted to be hosting WA community garden sector’s premier event for 2009 - the WA COMMUNITY GARDENS FORUM!
Join them for this three day community garden extravaganza:
Sydney's forgotten spaces are about to come to life as a series of 'urban art interventions' take place in the City's laneways from October to late January 2010. Eight of Sydney's busy thoroughfares and overlooked accessways will be transformed into places meditating on sustainability, including a miniature forest, a seven metre high bar (to reflect the future impact of climate change), soundtracks of displaced birdsongs, and a mini outdoor cinema.
"How it would be, if a house was dreaming"
On one hand urbanscreen is a group of free media artists and architects, dealing with research and development of experimental media installations with the aim to stage urban areas. On the other hand urbanscreen acts as a professional agency which translates the creative potential of this current art form onto the dialogue between commerce and art.
This project at the Kunsthalle in Hamburg stretches the boundaries of some relatively uninteresting architecture through projection animations.
Check out their amazing work in this video.
The MAY'S Lane Art Project is an outdoor gallery space located in St Peters in Sydney's inner west. Throughout Graffiti circles, May Lane has long been known as one of Sydney's hot spots. In April 2005, Tugi Balog joined with artist Jim Singline to create MAY'S, a project aimed at highlighting and further promoting the laneway's activity.
Each month MAY'S invites Street Artist/s to paint in the exhibition space that consists of five panels hung in window spaces along the side of a building in May Lane. At months close, the panels are taken down and replaced afresh for the next 'chapter' in the project.
The gallery space is on view 24 hours, 7 days a week.