Lunchtime Talks at the Pervasive Media Studio

Future DiverCities

Lunchtime Talk

The Art And Culture Of Changing City-Scapes

Lunchtime Talks are a series of informal presentations at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio. They normally take place at 13:00 on a Friday, are free and are open to everybody who is interested in what they do. Come along, bring a sandwich, and get to know more about the Studio community, current and up-coming projects, or residents' work.

The role of art and culture in the city is changing. Moving from the arts venue and audience, towards going ‘out’ into the city, nurturing a vision of the city itself as a creative, participative space in which citizens are themselves makers are "co-creators".

In this week's talk Eleanor Pender will introduce Future DiverCities, a four-year programme funded by Creative Europe. Ten European partners in Europe and Canada are working together to encourage and support creativity, digital innovation, and art production within the cities and urban spaces of Europe and beyond; exploring the ever-changing role of art in the urban context, very much inspired by Charles Landry and his concept of the City 3.0.

Future DiverCities' ten partners consist of city making organisations to arts festivals, city councils to tech companies. Eleanor will focus upon presenting the news from the four week-long workshop ‘Labs’, delivered in the first year of the project under the theme ‘Future DiverCitizens. The talk will be joined by Norwegian partner, BEK with their ‘lab’ in progress in Bergen looking at the theme of Distance. The group of artists and participants will be exploring the space between the minute and the small, the infinite and the large, through digital tools and drone technology, and see how this effects inhabitants relationship to their environment.

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