The University Research Institute of Applied Communication (U.R.I.A.C) of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Athens launch The Hybrid City Online Resource. This online project which is organized in the framework of the second Hybrid City conference in accordance with the conference’s theme, aims to explore, locate and critically reflect the transformative changes happening in today’s cities, as seen through the works and actions of artists, architects and researchers from different disciplines.
In times of constant connectivity, ubiquitous computing and open data policies, new possibilities are being formed for the cities of tomorrow and new opportunities are opening up for their inhabitants. Urban experience, with the mediation of technology and the possibility of infinite collection and exchange of data, seems participatory, playful but also vulnerable, in regards to surveillance and control. Who is in control of the management of the urban data? How open and understandable are the processes of their collection, analysis and further use? How trustworthy are the technologies involved?
The Hybrid City Online Resource presents artistic practices and innovative research projects which critically address the urban media while they also introduce new modes of their utilization and development. The exhibition includes online tools, applications for mobile phones, mappings, data visualizations, critical approaches, documentations of actions as well as proposal of new models for the emerging hybrid city and its special dynamic. Taking into account, not only the possibilities offered by technology, but also the particular characteristics of the various cities and the needs of their inhabitants, the initiatives presented capture a city which is made accessible through emerging practices and collaboration tactics which often hack or disrupt the city’s “smart” systems.
The projects presented as part of the online resource were either selected after the open call addressed in the context of the Hybrid City II Conference or they were invited to be included as representative works of these year’s participants. This list however is not finite or complete. Aiming to build a research tool and to embrace the potentiality of creative alternatives, the resource will remain open, inviting creators and researchers working in the field, to submit their project at any time.
Projects reviewed and selected by:
Daphne Dragona, Independent Curator, Researcher at the Department of Communication and Media Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Ekmel Ertan, Director of Amber Platform/ BIS
Stamatis Schizakis, Assistant Curator of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
Pavel Sedlak, Deputy Director, Curator of CIANT | International Centre for Art and New Technologies
Dimitris Charitos, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Media Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens