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The HYBRID CITY II: Subtle rEvolutions
Conference, workshops, exhibition and parallel events
23-25 May 2013
University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Hybrid City is an international biennial event dedicated to exploring the
emergent character of the city and the potential transformative shift of the
urban condition, as a result of ongoing developments in information and
communication technologies (ICTs) and of their integration in the urban
physical context. After the successful homonymous symposium of 2011, the
second edition of Hybrid City has grown into a peer reviewed conference,
aiming to promote dialogue and knowledge exchange among experts drawn from
academia, as well as artists, designers, researchers, advocates,
stakeholders and decision makers, actively involved in addressing questions
on the nature of the technologically mediated urban activity and experience.
Hybrid City Conference 2013, in Athens, Greece, will consist of three days
of paper presentations, panel discussions, workshops and satellite events,
under the theme "Subtle rEvolutions". The events are organized by the
University Research Institute of Applied Communication (URIAC) and will be
hosted by the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, of the University
of Athens, in collaboration with the New Technologies Laboratory of the
faculty. The main venue of the conference is the central, historic building
of the University of Athens, while workshops, projects' presentations and
parallel events will take place in other University venues and collaborating
centers and institutions, in the center of Athens.
Theme - Subtle rEvolutions
ICTs, whether mobile, wireless or embedded in persistent architectural
forms, facilitate the collection and dissemination of data, infusing the
physical expression of the city with digital layers of content, contributing
thus to the emergence of new hybridized spatial logics and novel forms of
social interaction. These systems and the hybrid spatial experience they
afford, encourage encounters among users; both embodied and mediated, and
influence community dynamics, giving rise to networks around common
interests and collectives of affect. Sometimes, such groups, irrespective of
how ephemeral, unstable and dispersed they may be, negotiate a new kind of
engagement with the urban environment and civic life, suggesting thus an
organizational paradigm that manages to surpass traditional vertical
hierarchies of space and consequently of power and control. Such
configurations among communities, locations, contexts and intentions were
manifested intensely in the interlinking of protest events around the world
since 2011, the Arab Spring uprisings, the Occupy movement and
anti-austerity demonstrations in Southern Europe, but they also gradually
permeate everyday life in the contemporary metropolis.
As sharing and collaborative tactics migrate from online culture to the
urban realm and ICTs become increasingly open and personalized, rich
opportunities for new forms of participation in civic life arise. Citizens
may be enabled to access information about the city and also to become
involved in the production, collection and distribution of data related to
urban matters. The Hybrid City Conference considers a further investigation
of such processes of crucial importance, so as to gain a deeper
understanding of the effect they have on the urban experience and to explore
their contribution in shaping the future cities. In this respect, Hybrid
City cordially invites papers that present concepts, case studies, research
projects, works of art and best practices and promote the discussion on the
theme, at a theoretical or a more practical, applied level. Emphasizing the
inherently interdisciplinary nature of technologically mediated urban
activity, we welcome proposals which examine, but are not limited to, the
. Open cities, open urban data.
. Environmental sensing and the Internet of things.
. Urban data visualization.
. Environmental perception, cognition, immersion and presence in the
context of hybrid urban spaces.
. Citizen science and peer production of knowledge.
. Psychosocial perspectives into the impact of locative and pervasive
. Placemaking, place attachment and place identity in the hybrid city.
. Cartography of hybrid spaces.
. Mobile commons and wireless practices.
. Public spaces and mediated presence.
. Gamifying the urban space: playful engagement and game-like
. Hybrid spaces of conflict: forms of power and counterpower in the
. Tactical media practices in the urban context.
. From open data to data commons.
. Open source models of policy and governance.
. Emerging currencies and values.
. Issues of data ownership and copyrights in hybrid urban contexts.
The Hybrid City Conference welcomes submissions discussing concepts or
documenting projects which are rEvolutionary, in the sense that through
originality and innovation they contribute to shaping the future of the
hybrid city, bringing forth change, perhaps subtle or gradual, but radical
nonetheless. Contributions may also maintain a critical perspective in
examining issues relevant to the hybridization process. Potential topics for
further investigation could be:
. Openness vs. privacy. How much openness do we really need? Is there a
danger in too much openness actually leading to transparency?
. Whose data is open data? Who has access to them and who could potentially
make a profit out of them?
. How do citizens become motivated to contribute? How do they remain
actively involved? Who benefits from such collective contributions?
. Are there any dangers when cities become too smart? Which are potential
tactics of disruption when facing such an emergence?
Keynote speakers confirmed so far:
. Roger Malina, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Technology,
University of Texas, Dallas, Co Chair Art-Science Program, Mediterranean
Institute of Advanced Studies, Marseille.
. Steve Benford, Professor of Collaborative Computing and Head of the
School of Computer Science at The University of Nottingham, member of the
Mixed Reality Laboratory and of Horizon, author of 'Performing Mixed
Reality' (with Gabriella Giannachi), MIT Press.
. Eric Kluitenberg, independent theorist and writer on culture, media,
and technology, editor in chief of Tactical Media Files, an online
documentation resource of Tactical Media practices worldwide.
. Stephen Kovats, media and digital culture researcher, 'r0g_agency
for open culture and critical transformation', #OSJUBA project initiator.
Submission of papers:
Submissions should include:
* Extended abstract of 750 - 1000 words, (including references).
* Biographical statement of no more than 250 words.
Submissions should be in a Word or PDF format and not exceed 10 Mb in size.
Please upload submitted files at: www.media.uoa.gr/hybridcity
Selected authors will be asked to submit a full paper (8 pages), or short
paper (4 pages) to be included in the printed conference proceedings.
Further details will be announced right after the notification of
All abstracts will be peer reviewed. Authors of accepted abstracts will be
notified before the 20th of December 2012. Final submission of full papers
will be expected no later than the 20th of February 2013.
Deadline of Abstract Submission extended till the 9th of November 2012.
Notification of Acceptance: 20 December 2012.
Deadline of Full Paper Submission: 20 February 2013.
Conference Dates: 23-25 May 2013.
Submission for projects:
In the context of the Hybrid City events, a showcase of works relevant to
the "Subtle rEvolutions" theme will be organized in partnership with the
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST). Projects will be
presented as part of an online exhibition to be launched during the Hybrid
City events, and will also be on view at the Media Lounge of the Museum.
We, therefore, welcome submissions of works that reflect the changes and
dynamics of today's cityscape and offer citizens new modes of information
processing and understanding. This can include, but is not limited to:
. online or downloadable digital tools,
. urban data visualizations,
. data flow mappings, digital cartographies,
. models for emerging alternatives,
. online documentation of innovative practices and tactics.
Works do not need to be strictly net-based but they do need to provide
sufficient information online. Projects which will not involve digital
technology in their production and do not refer to the theme addressed in
this call will not be considered.
Submissions should include:
. a 300 word description of the project
. a 200 word biographical description of the creator/s
. URL of the project and other related links
. Technical specifications
Deadline for submissions: 20 January 2012
Submissions for projects can also be uploaded at:
All projects will be reviewed and selected by curators from the "Hybrid City
II" organization committee, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
and the partner institutions (BIS and CIANT).
Please note that creators wishing to have their work published as a paper
and presented in the conference should also submit an abstract under the
call for papers.
The "Hybrid City" events are realized in the context of the "City as a
Hybrid Interface - HYBRI-C" project of the EACEA Culture programme 2007-2013
(partners of URIAC in the project are: BIS - Body Process Arts Association,
Istanbul, CIANT, Prague and Fearless, Marseille). For more information on
the project visit:
For any queries or further info please contact us at:
hybridcityathens [at] gmail [dot] com
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