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[rohrpost] FW: [kut-info] FW: ++CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS++URBAN DRIFT++OCT 2002

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> For your information:
>> symposium +++ nightscapes +++ urbaninterfaces
>> open offices++visuals++urban_soundscapes+++
>> URBAN DRIFT is an agency and a network for the development of
>> trans-cultural urban strategies.
>> Over the past 3 years, URBAN DRIFT has formed part of the berlinbeta
>> media festival, as a symposium which offers a platform to cutting-edge
>> architects and designers for whom the city is a medium, and architecture
>> a communicative tool for new urban strategies.
>> ++The network represented by URBAN DRIFT++
>> Concentrating on urban voids, gaps and residual, or peripheral zones and
>> public spaces, members of URBAN DRIFT act as tacticians for a
>> contemporary urban praxis, developing a discourse within Berlin as one
>> of the primary cities of flux. Our aim is to communicate architecture
>> and urban design to a wider audience, to extend the boundaries of
>> architectural discourse, and to maximise the potential of
>> interdisciplinary practice. We speculate on the need to point the way to
>> contemporary architectural practice and urban design as the steering and
>> managing of processes; on the need to move from formalism to flux
>> management.
>> ++URBAN DRIFT 2002++
>> This year urban drift is a 5 day event with a rich mix of talks and
>> presentations by day, screenings, thematically based visuals, lectures
>> and sound-scapes by night, along with open offices, in which
>> architecture and design studios engage with the urban drift themes and
>> reveal innovative hybrid spaces and working methods.
>> ++planned location++
>> The event is set to take place in the Umspannwerk, a 19th century power
>> station in Berlin-Kreuzberg, which has recently been renovated as a
>> location for large-scale cultural events.
>> ++conference++
>> Mobile cultures and new urban strategies
>> The two-day conference will examine the impact of mobile
>> telecommunications systems and media on architecture and urban design
>> strategies. We will involve artists, architects, designers, theorists
>> and activists in mutual discourse.
>> ++ Technical Mobility:  Interaction design; the design of flows++
>> an examination of the impact of interactive and embedded technologies on
>> contemporary design processes in architecture and design in the urban
>> sphere.
>> ++ Mental Mobility:  Network urbanism++
>> an exploration of new coalitions between architects, artists, designers
>> and urban planners. How is the role of the architect and designer
>> adapting to the demands of network practice, and Œprocess management¹,
>> (( what do you think of Œflux management?¹)) and what tools are being
>> employed to visualise increasingly complex, multi-layered urban
>> processes?
>> ++ Mobility vs. place:  Re-humanising technology and Œconnective
>> urbanism¹++
>> How do architects and designers recreate a sense of place and counteract
>> the speed of the media-driven cityscape? On urban voids, the reanimation
>> of residual urban spaces, and on re-engaging the public in urban design
>> processes.
>> ++ Tactical mobility:  effective strategies for urban action++
>> Œarchitecture is threat management¹ ­ Mark Wigley
>> a discussion amongst architects and media tacticians with relation to
>> urban space. On Œflexible response¹, on hacking and re-politicising
>> public spaces, on nomadic urban strategies / intervening in and changing
>> perceptions of the cityscape.
>> ++call for papers++
>> We welcome abstracts and short papers for inclusion in the conference
>> and accompanying presentations.
>> Please send abstracts of about 300 words ­ to: info@urbandrift.org
>> +++when+++ initial proposals should reach us by April 20th 2002.
>> The space will provide a temporary, transformational and flexible
>> situation for artists, architects and designers to present their
>> proposals and investigations within a more informal setting.
>> Communicating an Œemotional urbanism¹ and drawing from the situationist
>> dérive, Urban Drift¹s night space will encompassŠtalks, readings, slide
>> projections, screenings and urban soundscapes.
>> +++themes+++urban futures ­ real and virtual, shopping malls and garage
>> settlements, the alchemy of urban narrative, nomadism and mobile
>> technologies that foster a restless, edgy urban perspective,
>> psychogeographies, scanning/mapping the city, displacement, and
>> peripheral urban zones, in short, the ’inexhaustible inventory of the
>> streets’ (Benjamin)
>> We welcome the following from urbanists ++ video works for
>> screening@umspannwerk, slide shows, proposals for readings,
>> performances, sound-pieces++
>> ++ posters++ will form a significant part of the night-spaceŠ we welcome
>> polemic, statements and images dealing with the above mentioned themes.
>> ++ Formats++
>> slides 35mm or larger / vhs / svhs / mini-dv / quicktime files /
>> cd-rom / jpeg files /
>> Initial proposals should reach us by e-mail by April 20th 2002
>> Please mail proposals for participation to: info@urbandrift.org
>> Or -  post viewing copies of material/slides/related information to
>> Attn: Francesca Ferguson
>> C/o Datenflug
>> Urban Drift Project Space
>> Zehdenickerstr 21
>> 10119 Berlin
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