2008, Fri, Oct 17

Signs of the European City

The final conference at the House of World Cultures, designed to coincide with the exhibition hosted at this renowned Berlin cultural institution, will mark the end of this one-year European media art project. It seeks to stimulate a critical dialogue with a specialised public, presenting papers and round tables ranging from practical examples to theoretical reflections, from presentations to reports, illustrations and narratives. Project managers will have their say alongside observers, artists, and researchers. The two-day conference addresses professionals from the fields of arts education, media pedagogy, visual studies and urbanism. With its interdisciplinary approach to a variety of subject areas – urbanity, European city, media art, media pedagogy, cultural education, youth, participation, visual culture – the conference also aims to address academic researchers in these fields.



Programme Day 1 | Programme Day 2


10:00 h Opening: Welcome

– Uta Staiger, Moderator of the Conference, urban dialogues

– Dr. Bernd M. Scherer, Director of the House of World Cultures, Berlin

– Eugenio Delfino, Cultural 2007 Programme, BrusselsOutline

– Presentation of "Signs of the City" by Rudolf Netzelmann and Stefan Horn, urban dialogues


10:45 h Keynote

Prof. Michael Keith, (CUCR, Goldsmiths, University of London)

Referring the three topics SIGNS, MY CITY and DIALOGUES


11:30 h Topic: SIGNS

Stimulus 1: »Surveying the City - Urban Signs between Attention and Automaticity« by Dr. Kristin Veel (University of Copenhagen)

Round Table 1: Douglas Nicholson (Artist, London), Ivan Kiuranov (Artist, Sofia), Martin Ruge (Artist, Berlin), Dr. Susanne Stemmler (House of World Cultures, Berlin)

Introduced by brief presentations of some aspects of the artist‘s workshops.


14:45 h Meet your Expert – Meet your Issue

Talk: "Audience and Experts: Big Issues in small Groups"


16:30 h Critical Friends

Presentation Flick_KA Project ZKMKarlsruhe and Waag Society, Amsterdam, Matthias Gommel (Associated Media Artist at ZKM Karlsruhe) and Lucas Evers (Leader of the e-culture programme at the Waag Society).


Day 1 | Day 2