MediaCities will feature four workshops that will introduce skills and themes relevant to this year’s conference focus on multiplicities. Fees for attending these workshops are covered with the price of full conference registration, but space is limited. Signup here to reserve your seat.



Interactive Planning Istanbul

LOCATION: Kapoor Hall, UB South Campus, Room 264A


  • Friday, May 3: 10am – 12pm, 1:45 – 5:30pm
  • Saturday, May 4: 9am – 12:15pm, 1:15 – 6pm
  • Sunday, May 5: 9am – 12:15pm, 1:15 – 3:30pm, 3:45 – 4:30pm (Presentation)

Traditional design and urban planning tools seem everyday less adequate to deal with the complexity of contemporary cities, especially in the context of informal settlements. The aim of the workshop is to explore the emergent ecologies of interaction between socio-economical relationships and the structure of a city. This will be achieved through the creation of dynamic computational models, which will allow to simulate urban growth, and subsequently to build up possible scenarios of development. The final goal is the construction of an “interactive planning” tool, that twill enable to tackle the complex contemporary urban situations in a flexible way.

The aim of the workshop is to attempt to bridge this gap, exploring the emergent ecologies of interaction between socio-economical relationships and the structure of a city. In this search, the  use of computational design tools helps in simulating the underlying dynamics of formation and functioning of the contemporary urbanities, maintaining their plurality of interactions and correlations that give rise to their complexity.

The city of Istanbul offers a unique combination of geographical, historical, socio-economical and political factors that shaped its urban structure. In the last century, the city have been involved in an extremely rapid process of urbanization, that totally changed the aspect of the city; this process has been mainly powered from the bottom-up decisions and needs of immigrants, that built extensive squatter neighbourhoods all over the city. Understanding the formation of these unique patterns of settlement requires the construction of a complex set of relational tools. The aim of the workshop is exactly to build these tools, that will allow firstly to simulate the urban growth of these settlements, and subsequently to build up scenarios of development. The final goal is the construction of an “interactive planning” tool, that twill enable to tackle the complex contemporary urban situations in a flexible and dynamic way.

This relational tool will be developed in the coding environment of Processing. The participants will be introduced to simple and complex techniques of urban simulation, and subsequently develop a simulation for a specific neighbourhood in Istanbul. At the end, clues about the adaptation of simulations to different environments will be given.
Previous experience with scripting software is not necessary, but preferred. Each participant should bring his/her own laptop with the necessary software installed (open-source and/or demo versions of the software will be available).

Lila PanahiKazemi and Andrea Rossi

Lila PanahiKazemi and Andrea Rossi are two master students at the Dessau Institute of Architecture, where they are developing their thesis “Spatializing The Social” on computational design strategies for  informal areas. Lila holds an Architecture bachelor from Leeds Metropolitan University, where she also attended one year of MArch on bioregionalism. Andrea holds an Architecture bachelor from Politecnico di Milano and he participated to various workshops on computational tools. Together they founded Co_Des, a peerToPeer educational group based in Dessau, organizing workshops on computational tools. Their work have recently been presented at the XIII Venice Biennale and at the EnCodingArchitecture conference at CMU Pittsburgh.

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LOCATION: Kapoor Hall, UB South Campus, Room 264B


  • Friday, May 3: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:45 – 05:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 4: 1:15 – 3:30 pm, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 5: 3:45 – 4:30 pm (Presentation)

NeuroVision is a web-based sandbox for shader-based video processing.
You can use it to transform video streams from mobile devices, webcams and video platforms into generative works of art. We will take you on a field trip and show you how to capture urban motion, colors, flows and rhythms on video. You will learn how to process videos with Neural Networks and use the NeuroVision Sandbox as an artistic tool for your own video-recordings.

You will use the OpenGL Shading Language inside the NeuroVision Sandbox.
No special skills are required, but some coding literacy is recommended.
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Ursula Damm

Ursula Damm is media artist and professor for Media Environments at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, where she is also involved in establishing the Digital Bauhaus Lab. She envisioned the Neurovision Sandbox and uses it as part of her artistic process.

Martin Schneider

Martin Schneider is a freelancer with a background in media technology and cognitive science.
He works at Bitcraft Lab at the intersection of science, craft and computation. In collaboration with Ursula Damm he created the Neurovision Sandbox as a tool for generative video processing.




Neo-provincialism: new life in dead and dying urban milieux

LOCATION: Kapoor Hall, UB South Campus, Room 183A


  • Friday, May 3: 10am – 12pm
  • Saturday, May 4: 9-10am
  • Sunday, May 5: 9-10am, 3:45 – 4:30pm (Presentation)

We would like to propose the term “neo-provincialism” to characterize a tendency within recent developments that maneuver in such a way so as to ameliorate the supposed problems of urban life by way of implementing something of a pre-industrial provincialism within the urban pysche and/or urban fabric.

We will host a knowledge-share workshop at MediaCities with the intent to chart out and complicate the terrain of neo-provincialism. This workshop will make possible a line of inquiry connecting cybernetics, urban agriculture, and neo-provincialism in relation to their adjacent spatial and xeno-spatial implications.

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Elena Gilbert

Elena Gilbert is an American-German artist and curator based in Berlin, Germany and Bordeaux, France. She is currently an assistant curator of the Maldives Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale on the theme of ecological romanticism.

Joseph Redwood-Martinez

Joseph Redwood-Martinez is an artist, writer, and filmmaker from the United States. He recently finished a feature-length documentary about an ecological restoration project in Haiti and is currently working on a documentary looking critically at the implications of urban agriculture in various cities around the world.



Digital Media in Urban Spaces – Mapping and Visualization

LOCATION: Kapoor Hall, UB South Campus, Room 183B


  • Friday, May 3: 10am – 12pm
  • Saturday, May 4: (no fixed times)
  • Sunday, May 5: 10-11am, 3:45 – 4:30pm (Presentation)

This workshop looks into the urban scenario in order to identify the presence of digital media in public spaces, based on a methodology for empirical research using GPS and geo-tagging techniques to categorize items under similar characteristics and functions. Categories allow an understanding of the role on digital media in urban scenarios, based on concepts of communication theory, soft urbanism, mediatization and new media.

The practical part takes the participants to selected areas of Buffalo. After collecting data, there will be an introduction about how to prepare, visualize and analyze the data in interactive applications.

Joatan Preis Dutra

Joatan Preis Dutra is a PhD candidate in Media at the Bauhaus University Weimar. He holds a Masters degree in Digital Media (Bremen, 2011) and a Masters degree in Multimedia Production (Kiel, 2006). He is currently lecturing courses for Masters students in the Faculty of Media.

Ivana Raquel Ebel

Ivana Ebel is a PhD candidate at Leipzig University, with a Masters degree in Digital Media (Bremen, 2011), researching visual rhetoric, data visualization and mobile media. In the journalistic field, she collects almost 20 years of experience in several media, such as radio, television, printed media and internet content.

Gabriel Rausch

Gabriel Rausch is a graduate designer (Weimar, 2011) and lectures at the Bauhaus University Weimar, Faculty of Media, under the Chair of Interface Design as a staff member and as an associate lecturer at FH Arnstadt college, within the sector of web development and web applications.