What happens when you invite people to play in the city? What conversations does it start? Anna Grajper and Sebastian Dobiesz present Urbanimals, which unleashes a playful pack of wild beasts across Bristol; Matthew Rosier presents Shadowing, which gave memory to Bristol's street lights; and Claire Doherty, who has judged the award since its inception, reflects on the work of Situations, which makes extraordinary ideas happen in unusual and unexpected places. Chaired by Clare Reddingon, Executive Producer of The Playable City Award and Creative Director, Watershed.
Clare Reddington, Creative Director of Watershed. She joined Watershed in 2004 to work with HP Labs on utility computing animation project SE3D. She leads the Pervasive Media Studio, engagement and cinema teams in Watershed, working with industry, academic and creative partners to support talent and champion new ideas. She was a finalist in the British Council's UK Young Interactive Entrepreneur 2009 and featured in Wired magazine's 100 people who shape the Wired world. She is also Executive Producer of REACT hub and a Visiting Professor at University of the West of England.
Anna Grajper is an architect at LAX, an award-winning experimental, urban and architectural think tank. She graduated from Wroclaw University of Technology, and gained experience in Poland and abroad, at the Faculty of Architecture in Oulu, Finland. Between 2011 and 2013, she worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture on Bryghusprojektet, and for architecture studio DeZwarteHond, where she took part in the masterplan project for Annas Hoeve in Hilversum, Netherlands. She is currently working on various conceptual projects on interactive structures at Wroc_aw.
Sebastian Dobiesz is an architect at LAX , an award-winning experimental, urban and architectural think tank. He graduated from Wroclaw University of Technology in 2011, and has gained professional experience in Poland, UK, Finland, Spain and the Netherlands. Whilst working for KCAP, he developed the award-winning project Housing with a Mission with VANKE. He is a PhD researcher at Wroclaw University of Technology, examining the theme of spatial compensations in modern cities.
British designer Matthew Rosier graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2012 with a first class degree in architecture. He has worked at West London-based design studio Michaelis Boyd (2012-2013), going on to win a one-year residency scholarship at Fabrica, a research centre funded by Benetton, based in Treviso, Italy (2013-2014). In 2014, his public art project Shadowing won the Playable City award and was exhibited throughout Bristol.
Claire Doherty is Director of Situations, which she initiated in 2003. She has advised a number of organisations as curatorial consultant including Tate, Site Gallery Sheffield and is author of the public art strategies for the University of Bristol and Bjorvika, Oslo Harbour. In 2009, she was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Award as an outstanding cultural entrepreneur. She directed One Day Sculpture in 2008-9 with David Cross, a year-long collaborative series of 20 commissioned, 24-hour public artworks across New Zealand. In 2010, she was Co-Curatorial Director of Wonders of Weston for Weston-super-Mare. She was also an external advisory member of the Olympic Park Public Realm Advisory Committee and is a Fellow of the RSA.