Urban Screening 2017-18

Mimi Cho (Curator/Producer), Frazer MacFarlane (Curator/Producer), Rob Cameron (Curator/Producer)

Research output: Non-traditional research outputExhibitionpeer-review


The Role of Place in the Digitally Mediated City
We are all outside on teh [sic] balcony now. Standing on a platform made out of a tweet into corporate versions of public space. We are not stored in a cloud, opaque or translucent to whomever. We publish, we get read. ok. Private publishing does not exist, we now know we always get read (hi). To select what we want to have read, and by whom, is our greatest challenge rly. For now and teh [sic] future. If you tolerate this, your children will be normalized. Outside, on the street, status updates in the air, checking into another spatial analogy of information exchange. Sometimes hard to reach, through tutorials, encryptions and principles. It is generous to be outdoors, watched by a thousand eyes recording us for the future, our actions to be interpreted as an office job. -Constant Dullart; ‘Balconism’

In his (somewhat) satirical manifesto, the artist Constant Dullart describes the 21st century condition as a state of relentless, fearless, emancipatory, creative, subversive digital exposure, where every platform serves a role traditionally reserved for the architectural balcony – with anytime access and a permanent audience for the unfolding of our subjectivity.

For city-dwellers, the routines and rituals of urban life are increasingly split between physical spaces and these digital dialogues. Smart devices, social media, increased surveillance, urban screens and a range of emerging technologies are beginning to blur distinctions between cyberspace and the urban fabric. This digital milieu distributes our waking consciousness through experiences that bridge traditional delineations of locality and time, altering the ways that we understand and interact with the places we inhabit.

Cities are often understood in terms of their differences, however in order to appear whole they must develop continuity and character. In the face of global change brought about by technology how do contemporary urban places adapt while maintaining their own identity? This year’s urban screening is interested in presenting works that reveal the increasingly diverse range of local and global dialogues that inform our shared understandings of the city.

Hidden Processes Made Visible
Architectural processes and discourses are often invisible to those not directly involved in the profession, rendering the public grateful recipients/unwilling victims of ‘done deals’, the opaque results of byzantine machinations The Urban Screening provides a platform for local and international architects, artists, and researchers to communicate their practice to not just a wider audience, but to those who are directly influenced by the outcomes of their work.

As our attention is drawn towards smartphones and computer monitors, film and animation have become valuable media for architects and designers to communicate issues and ideas that are relevant to our experience of the urban environment. In 2017 we are looking for the submission of projects that showcase the diversity and quality of practices that are concerned with design, urbanity, and place.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian Institute of Architects
Media of outputFilm
Size1 Hour
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2017 Urban Screening - Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, Australia
Duration: 2 Nov 201730 Nov 2017


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