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Media Architecture Biennale 2012
November 15-17, 2012
Aarhus, Denmark


Building on the successful event in Vienna 2010, The Media Architecture Biennale 2012 brings together artists, academia and industry in the continued exploration of the meeting between architecture and digital media.

With public exhibitions, a conference and a series of workshops, the biennale offers many ways to participate and get involved. See the sections below for more details.

The 2012 biennale will extend the existing format with an academic conference track, new exhibition, awards and industry sessions, as well as a full day of workshops.

The exhibition presents state-of-the-art media architecture in a collaboration between artists, practitioners and industry, both in-situ and in documented forms.

At the conference, we explore “participation” as a core value of media architecture (other topics are welcome as well!). The conference invites both academic and industry presentations. We are currently seeking a publishing agreement with ACM for the academic proceedings.

The workshops offer an intimate forum to discuss or even work on a specific topic or technology with your peers.

The Biennale itself is also organized in the spirit of participation as we invite and support dialog and exchanges between artists, researchers and industry.

Come and join us!

The design of media architecture invites, shapes and creates encounters between people and the built environment, and digital media open up rich opportunities for dialog and engaging experiences.

As an emerging field, many perspectives are still coming together, and the challenges are as abundant as the opportunities. Public space and urban environments are increasingly shaped by elements of media architecture.

The vision of the Media Architecture Biennale is to provide an excellent forum for awareness, discussion and solutions; to bring together the best minds and organizations; and to present to the each other and the world the state-of-the-art of media architecture.

Apart from invited speakers and industry talks, the Media Architecture Biennale 2012 will feature a peer-reviewed academic research paper track.

In the past few years, we have seen a surge in the number of publications on media architecture, both in the interaction design/HCI community (e.g. at CHI, DIS and TEI, and the regional OzCHI and NordiCHI conferences) and in architecture and design journals and literature.

Therefore, we invite papers that present and discuss media architecture both on a practical and theoretical level to further develop our understanding of the field through studies of cases, design approaches, best practices from industry, and theoretical perspectives. An extended call for papers will be posted shortly.

Deadline for papers: June 20, 2012.

The main objective of the exhibition is to represent the state-of-the art in media architecture. The exhibited projects will be documented or produced in the form of prototypes, models and large-size pictures and videos.

The exhibited projects are related to the following categories:

Animated Architecture
Facades of buildings are increasingly animated by integrated light sources. Architecture and the perception of the building is in the focus of the designers. The flexibility of content is rather limited due to resolution, colour and shape of the pixels. In most cases the pixels are highly customized and form a creative challenge of the project.

Money Architecture
Buildings that are strongly related to Business, Banks, Shopping, Entertainment and Gambling. Light on the building surface is to attract people and make them spend money or, as in the case of banks, represents the power of the building owner.

Participatory Architecture
Projects mostly developed by media designers that allow passers-by to interact with and take control of the content on the surface. Many projects are non-permanent and built on a pre-existing architectural structure. New media formats taking advantage of mobile apps and social media are being developed.

Spatial Media Art
Projects produced in an artistic context at the intersection of architecture and media art. Mostly non-permanent movable installations with an innovative form of spatial interaction and/or perception of space.

Future Trends and Prototypes
This sections covers special solutions like three dimensional displays, kinetic facades, OLEDs or even robotic elements that shed a light on how future media architectures might look like.

If you want to present your work at the exhibition, or to sponsor an installation, get in touch with the exhibition chairs, Gernot Tscherteu and Morten Lervig, at

Workshops at the Media Architecture Biennale will comprise a wide spectrum of disciplines and topics of interest: They will provide an opportunity to discuss and explore various areas of media architecture design and research within a group of designers, researchers, artists and practitioners from industry and academia.

Participants will spend one day or half a day with experts from the field and express their experiences through structured and unstructured interactions. There will be the opportunity for research students to present their work and to receive feedback from experts in the field as part of the workshops.

If you are interested to host a workshop as part of the Media Architecture Biennale please contact the workshop chairs via at your earliest convenience, but no later than May 20, 2012. We welcome workshops on academic research and industry themes.

Workshops will take place in various places in Aarhus on November 15, 2012.

Industry involvement is a pivotal part of the Media Architecture Biennale 2012. There are several ways for industry to get involved

First of all, the biennale is an exceptional place to show your products, services and competences for a specialized and attentive audience. The dedicated industry session of the conference is a forum for talks. As part of the exhibition, there is a demo space and showroom for prototypes and posters. We have reserved several workshop slots for industry topics.

Sponsorship is another way to put your mark on the biennale. With Gold, Silver and Bronze packages, there is one for every level of engagement. We can also tailor a special package for your company.

Get in touch with the industry chairs, Hank Haeusler and Martin Brynskov, at, for more information on industry opportunities.


Twitter: @MABiennale

Aarhus University, Denmark, in collaboration with Media Architecture Institute.

November 15-17, 2012

Godsbanen, (TBC)
More info on Aarhus:

Organizing Committee


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MyCityLab —



… is an online space showcasing art projects, educational resources, technological developments and participatory processes which are grounded in a direct relationship with a particular local context.

This year from 22 September to 01 October TodaysArt Brussels festival will host Camp – Conference The Rise of Performance Architecture.”

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“A turntable of contemporary life”: Doug Aitken turns Hirshhorn Into 360-Degree Screen

As if Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s giant inflatable balloon set to rise (sometime) from its roof, Up-style, weren’t a sufficiently kinetic addition to the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the institution announced in a press release yesterday that artist Doug Aitken will turn the building’s circular facade into an enormous 360-degreen screen for nearly two months this spring.

For the multichannel projection “SONG 1″ (2012) — which will be on view from March 22 to May 13 — Aitken will use the building’s distinctive curving exterior wall as a screen for moving images streaming from 11 high-definition video projectors. While the images that will make up “SONG 1″ remain a mystery, they will be structured around the pop music classic “I Only Have Eyes for You,” new versions of which have been created especially for this project by Beck, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and others.

“The building is at times emphasized and at times disappears completely into the content of the artwork,” Aitken writes. Of the way “SONG 1″ engages the building’s unique architecture, Hirshhorn deputy director and chief curator Kerry Brougher says: “He directs the tempo of life around the museum. The facade of the Hirshhorn is not merely a screen for the projection of some fictional cinematic world — it is a turntable of contemporary life.”

The project, the largest undertaken by the Los Angeles- and New York-based artist, will be especially confounding for Aitken completists: due to its circular screen, it will be impossible to watch the entire video in a single viewing.

— Benjamin Sutton

Rendering of “SONG 1″ (2012) courtesy of the Doug Aitken Workshop.

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Nokia Lumia Live ft deadmau5 lights up London with amazing 4D projection – YouTube

Massive light show projection on 28 Nov 2011 at the Millbank tower in London. The vj projection is part of the new advertising campaign for the Nokia Lumia 800. Advertising as a time and place-specific urban event…

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Light Form, Designed by Francesca Rogers in cooperation with Daniele Gualeni Design Studio for ILIDE – Italian Light Design.
A structure of warm and soft light, clasped in a double-color wood.
Is the same user that “creates” the desired light size, by manipulating the object and revealing game of light, shapes, contrasts.
Light-Form is a modular lighting system consisting on a variable number of identical modules, completely dependent on each other, linked toghether to create a dynamic mosaic that interacts with the user who can create the desired light size, by manipulating the object and revealing game of light, shapes and contrasts. As the person start opening, the light is unveiled through bright emitting, or reflecting surfaces (one of the two), viceversa when the system closes the light is hidden.


Light-Form is made with an innovative technology of flexible wood (Italian patent), which will make the dark side of light-FORM in wenge wood and the withe side in European Maple. The modular panels can be combined in various ways (different moduls will be available) adding to the game the emotion of natural wood and the purity of OLED light.
The product will be distributed by Italian company ILIDE (Italian Light Design), in 1mx1m modules with different configurations wich can be easly assembled to cover every surface. For information pls. contact directly the company ILIDE:

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Digital Cities: your neighbourhood is now Facebook Live

Good series of articles on the DIgital City from the November 09 issue of Wired UK. The full Digital Cities package:
– Networked information will reshape our cities
– ‘Sense-able’ urban design
– London after the great 2047 flu outbreak
– The transport of tomorrow is already here

More here

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