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Which curatorial criteria should be applied to the creation and curation of urban screens?
Do urban screens suit a presentation of elaborate artistic content or will entertainment
win over art? These questions along with many others will be addressed on day two of the
conference, accompanied by two inspiring screenings from the art & events programme.
Focus Session: Curating Screen Art for an Urban and Architectural Context, Cornerhouse
Moderator Mike Stubbs (UK) is Director of FACT in Liverpool. His own internationally
commissioned artwork includes media installations and large-scale projections for public
environments. He will lead the discussion on the role that curators and new media experts
could play in the conception of media facades and other urban screens. At present, many
existing urban screens lack the comprehensive sophistication that allows exploration of
spatial, architectural or medial potentials.
Sylvia Kouvali (GR) is the initiator and curator of Yama, the first international space
for publicising contemporary art in Turkey that opened in July 2007. Based on this
experience, Kouvali will present a dialogue on how democratic or populist the content of
the imposing and omnipresent screen can be and how much one can really show in public.
Michelle Kasprzak (CA/UK) is a curator, writer, and artist. She argues that presenting
artwork on urban screens comes with a special set of considerations, challenges, and
advantages that are unique to that context. Kasprzak will examine the opportunities that
are opened up to artists and curators within this emerging format.
Dooeun Choi (KR) is the curator at Art Center Nabi which opened in 2000 as the first media
art centre in Seoul, Korea. She will introduce COMO, an extended media platform located in
the centre. Since 2004, the LED displays have been known as a unique multi-media
installation which integrates art and architecture to create a new convergence. The focus
is not on the outcomes but the creative energy emerging from free and imaginative human
Otherworldly & Best of Transmedia, All screens
Curated by Michelle Kasprzak, Otherworldly premiered on the public screen at Federation
Square, Melbourne, and features contributions by artists that take viewers on a journey
through spaces that are at once familiar and alien. Best of Transmedia is a programme for
which artists produced moving-image work that is very short (often a minute or less), and
that could be sandwiched between advertisements. But as with most limitations, the
condition of using urban screens as a platform fosters innovative work.
Communication <--> Spaces, All Saints
Dooeun Choi has curated Communication <--> Spaces, a time-based visual poem and
collaboration between the Korean motion graphics designer Weong-Woong Cheong and artist
Bill Seaman. The work poetically explores notions of the space of communication,
underlined by traditional Korean music and experimental dance music.
Register your interest now at www.manchesterurbanscreens.org.uk
Urban Screens Manchester has been curated by Dr Susanne Jaschko .
Urban Screens Manchester has been supported by Cornerhouse and BBC.
It has been funded by Arts Council England, Manchester City Council, Marketing Manchester.
With support from MDDA and Manchester Knowledge Capital.
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