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Posts from 2011

Surge of Urban Screens Adoption in Australasia

The widespread adoption of Urban Screens as a tool for community engagement has been slow and organic in its evolution, but if current trends persist we are all looking forward to a very exciting surge in growth over the next few years.

Circus Solutions ( who
for 6 years managed the hugely successful early entrant and host of our last conference, Melbourne’s Federation Square, has recently advised that they are currently consulting on the establishment of and planning for the launch of three new independent major city plaza screens around Australasia for later this year. These new screens will all be based on the tremendously successful Fed Square model. Additionally they are also apparently working on several exciting new projects in North America.

Watch this space for more details as they come to hand…….

Urban Screens – Recommended Reading:

Special issue #4: Urban Screens: Discovering the potential of outdoor screens for urban society.
This collection of academic papers dates back prior to 2006 when it was published on First Monday however the information is still relevant today. This collection of papers gives valuable insight into the contemporary academic thinking of that time around this relatively new medium.
Available for review at:
First Monday is one of the first openly accessible, peer–reviewed journals on the Internet, solely devoted to the Internet. Since its start in May 1996, First Monday has published 1,097 papers in 175 issues, written by 1,399 different authors.

Urban Screens – Recommended Reading:

Urban Screens Reader
The Urban Screens Reader is the first book to focus entirely on the topic of urban screens. In assembling contributions from a range of leading theorists, in conjunction with a series of case studies dealing with artists’ projects and screen operators’ and curators’ experiences, the reader offers a rich resource for those interested in the intersections between digital media, cultural practices and urban space.
Available for free download or order a print copy online at:

Art on Public Screens Exhibition 1, Stavanger

i/o/Lab Stavanger presents the exhibition “Dancing Hands curated by Mirjem Struppek presented on 7 urban screens in Stavanger’s public and semi public spaces. “Hands are our most precious human tools, reaching out with our sensual desire to touch and create. Their delicate fingers can move gracefully like dancers so their movements can tell us vivid stories about their doings. As means of expression hands enable us to communicate without voice in our sound overloaded modern cities. Urban Screens are a medium that often has to work without sound. In this selection of short films hands are silently speaking to us, becoming dancing symbols for a dream of actively creating, liberating and helping hands. The artists are telling us stories surrounding the image of this powerful tool…”

For more information contact: Mirjam Struppek – struppek (at)

Streaming Museum & Big Screen Project, NYC

On January 13 the Big Screen Project at the Eventi Hotel, NYC, hosted Streaming Museum’s 3rd Anniversary celebration with an evening of Streaming Museum exhibitions, a toast and partying in the Bar Basque’s dramatic culinary and entertainment spaces.

Artist talks were presented by collaborator, Leaders in Software and Art in the Eventi Hotel’s screening room overlooking the Big Screen Project, in conjunction with friends from The Blue Box Gallery and Chelsea Art Museum Young Associates

Streaming Museum is a new hybrid museum that presents multi-media exhibitions in cyberspace and public space on 7 continents, and live programming at partnering cultural centers.

Launched January 29, 2008, Streaming Museum is produced and broadcast in New York City, with exhibitions generated in collaboration with international cultural, educational, and public centers; artists, curators and visionary creators.

For more information contact: nina (at)

IUSA Confirms Next Conference – NYC11 – Connecting Communities

NYC11 is a boutique conference and public festival being organised by the International Urban Screens Association (IUSA) in collaboration with our partners – Projects for Public Spaces ( and the Big Screen Project in NY.  The event will be held in New York City in September 2011. NYC11 follows on as the 5th in the series of International Urban Screens events which aims to inform and guide a significant worldwide movement: the extended use of various forms of dynamic screens in public spaces which is creating a new digital dimension of public space with its own fast-evolving enterprise.
The event will aim to showcase various case studies of successful implementations around the world and discuss best practice and future opportunities for urban regeneration and community engagement utilising this extremely powerful new medium.
NYC11 will bring together a diverse range of interest groups including screen operators, architects, civic planners, various cultural stakeholders, technologists, artists and academics, to discuss the implications and opportunities surrounding the use of digital screens in the public sphere, as it currently stands, particularly in the largely untapped North American market.
The event will include an exciting, largely experimental public festival and exhibition component – NYC11 – Connecting Communities – showcasing some of the most innovative and creative Urban Screen projects from around the world. NYC11 – Connecting Communities will reflect the current driving forces and trends in an increasingly interconnected, digital world. The website for the new event will be launched and announced in April along with public calls for content and registrations.
For more information contact: glenn.harding (at)


A New Cultural and Events Screen for Toronto

Located outside of Mississauga City Hall in the downtown core, the soon to be launched Celebration Square is to be a vibrant state-of-the-art event venue that is positioned to become one of the premiere event destinations in the Greater Toronto Area. The newly renovated  Square will be host to a dynamic line-up of free year-round events and festivals that showcase eclectic arts, cultural diversity, and the spirit of the city.

Located on the lower square, the permanent covered stage has a state-of-the-art high performance sound and lighting system and will showcase local talent as well as international recording artists.

The site boasts two 16 mm pitch 15 ft x 28 ft LED Screens, and six 20 mm Digital Ribbon Screens. These screens are programmable and customisable to varied needs.

When not in use for supporting events Mississauga plans to showcase arts and cultural content and community messaging making this Canada’s first true permanently installed ‘Urban Screen’. The renovated city square and their new screens are scheduled for launch mid year.

For more information contact: or ph: 905-615-3200, ext. 2403

Australia’s First Media Facade – Signal

Circus recently announced the launch of ‘Signal’ as Melbourne’s first arts studio dedicated to people aged 13 to 20 interested in a wide range of art forms. Signal is located right in the heart of the city: behind Flinders Street Station on Northbank, in the Les Erdi Plaza, at the northern end of Sandridge Bridge, a prime Melbourne location overlooking the Yarra river and the iconic hub of ‘Southbank’, one of Melbourne’s most well known restaurant and shopping precincts.

Circus solutions who ran the hugely successful urban screen at Federation Square for 6 years from launch and currently consult globally on urban screen installations were invited by Melbourne City Council to develop a screen concept for the new building that would not interrupt the fabulous views they enjoyed of the Yarra river and Southbank.

Circus was able to achieve this by using a combination of rear projection and ‘switching glass’. During the day the windows provide uninterrupted panoramic views and after dark the building comes alive as an urban screen and digital canvas for exciting new commissioned artists works.

For more information contact: Emma (at)

Big Screen Project – New York

The recently launched Big Screen Project’s screen is arguably the first of it’s kind in the US. This vast untapped market till now has been totally dominated by commercial screens like those we recognise so readily from the likes of the iconic and chaotic Times Square, only a dozen or so blocks from this exciting new project. The screen is located at the 10,000 sq. ft. public plaza behind a new 54-story multi-use building on Sixth Avenue between 29th and 30th Street in New York City and has already achieved a dedicated local following.

It is refreshing to finally see a creative initiative aimed solely at the promotion of art, culture and entertainment in a public outdoor venue. BSP seek out their creative content from non-web based sources in order to bring fresh thoughts and visuals to their audience. They have already apparently developed a vast library of creative content. Through their work with schools and film festivals they have been able to create a collection of work and a storehouse of over 1000 hours of unique content to date.

BSP is more than a venue for experiencing art in the public – it is potentially a connection to many creative outlets. The goal of BSP is to continuously aggregate content to their outdoor LED screen while also establishing a network of portals where content may be viewed. BSP is built upon shared experiences. The plaza’s HD format screen is their primary channel while they aim to reach out to other conduits for broadcast.

For more information contact: Neil Sieling at