Could art and technology change the relationship between citizens and cities? The second day of Paseo Project: New Creative Models to Experience the City addressed this issue in an intensive seminar on March 28, at the Centre of Histories of Zaragoza.
Still with the good taste of Gerfried Stocker’s lecture the day before, the seminar of Paseo Project was divided in two sessions, where some of the best national and international experts deepen into the ideas of the city as real and virtual space intervention, and city data visualization and its emerging practical potential, as new ways to create powerful links between cities and their inhabitants.
In the morning session, Susanne Jaschko, curator of contemporary art specialized in digital culture, addressed the integration of artistic interventions in public spaces into the cultural, social and political dynamic of the cities. Eduardo Estopiñán, R&D Manager of ARSTIC Audivisual Solutions, a creative and technological consulting company from Zaragoza, showed the potential of new media for creativity and interactivity in urban spaces. Pablo Valbuena, one of the most important Spanish artists focuses in public art, explained how his artistic method revolves around the boundaries between real and virtual. And Stefan Mittlböck, director of Media Art and Architecture of the Ars Electronica Futurelab, presented the latest works developed with his team.
In the afternoon session, Jose Luis de Vicente, cultural researcher and one of the leading experts in the field of data visualization, pointed out how data visualization is becoming one of the new languages to reinterpret the vision of the contemporary city. Fermín Serrano, researcher of the Institute of Biocomputing and Physics of Complex Systems at the University of Zaragoza (BIFI), explained data visualization applied to science and showed one of his most recent projects: the display of messages of Twitter on the 15M movement. Dietmar Offenhuber, just landed on Zaragoza from the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), focused on data visualization as a tool of crowdsourcing in which citizens may intervine in the management of urban infrastructure. And Mahir M. Yavuz, designer and researcher specializing in interactive design and data visualization, showed how data visualization can be a frame to depict existing patterns which may characterize the personality of a city.
The seminar wrapped up with some conclusions ideas by the main team of the organization of the program. Jose Carlos Arnal, director of the Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation, praised the high level of knowledge of participants and content of the matters discussed. He besides emphasized, among other ideas, the necesity to strength education to face the challenges of new urban models based in the dialogue between art and technology. Manuela Naveau, project coordinator at Ars Electronica, expressed his enthusiasm for the creation of Etopia_Center of Art and Technology in Zaragoza and its strategic position in the map of the city and between Madrid and Barcelona. It also called out for the creation of a local, national and international community around the center for exchange ideas and projects. Finally, Juan Pradas, project coordinator at Zaragoza, presented this website: www.paseoproject.eu, the second step of the program and wished it’d become not only a platform for a contest, but an attraction of ideas, debate and creative talent about the fields of the program.
All the audience of the seminar and panelists agreed it was an intensive day but also quite rewarding. Full of stimulating ideas that hopefully can be further develop through the contest’s projects and commentaries in the website.
What do you think of the day?
In case you missed something, or you could not come, you will find the podcasts of the presentations, panel discussions and interventions, here.
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