University of Buffalo - Buffalo
03 - 05 / 05 / 2013

Organizers: Jordan Geiger, Omar Khan, Mark Shepard

The fourth MediaCity reflects on pluralities and globalities, on MEDIACITIES everywhere. What new lines of inquiry and emergent relations between urbanity and digital media are found in non-Western cities, in post-Capitalist cities, in cities hosting civic turbulence or crossing international boundaries? What urban-medial relations are taking shape differently in urban milieux that may have been heretofore overlooked?

These cities are deserving of more attention than ever before, as sites of population growth, of new cultural and social formations, of new entanglements between urban life and contemporary media, communications and information technologies, and more. MEDIACITIES promises to expand our understanding of both media and the city today, and to articulate new sites of practice and working methods for an expanding field.

In addition to a conference program of panels selected from an international call for papers, MEDIACITIES will feature keynote speakers, including Benjamin H. Bratton, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Director of D:GP, The Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San
Diego; Mike Crang, Reader in Cultural Geography at Durham University in the UK; and Stephen Kovats, cultural and media researcher, formerly artistic director of transmediale, Berlin’s festival for art and digital culture, and international program curator at V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam.


MEDIACITIES will feature an exhibition of commissioned works that confront different aspects of the contemporary entanglements of digital media and urban life in cities around the world today – spaces of appearance, of exchange, and of identity. Artists in the exhibition include Paolo Cirio, Julian Oliver, Stephanie Rothenberg, and Antoine Schmidt.

MEDIACITIES workshops introduce skills and themes relevant to this year’s conference focus on multiplicities. Workshops include:

Interactive Planning Istanbul, examining the emergent ecologies of interaction between socio-economical relationships and the structure of a city using computational design tools;

NeuroVision, exploring the urban aesthetics of spaces in Buffalo with artist Ursula Damm via a web-based sandbox for Generative Video Processing;

Neo-provincialism, a knowledge-share workshop addressing the concept of neo-provincialism through connecting cybernetics and urban agriculture to their adjacent spatial and xeno-spatial implications;

Digital Media in Urban Spaces, mapping and visualizing urban digital media based on a methodology for empirical research using GPS and geo-tagging techniques.