Urban Alphabets

AMBIENT MESSAGING

Have you noticed all the letters around you? Would you like to create messages with a typography from your home town or a city you are visiting?

Urban Alphabets is an application that lets users use their smartphones to capture letters in their environments and reuse the typographical elements to write their own messages. It is a project realized by the Helsinki-based artist and designer Suse Miessner.

The messages written using the Urban Alphabets App can be sent to friends using social networks. This project raises interest in the everyday surroundings and encourages playful social communications.

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Dialogue – Deconstructed City

The new project Dialogue – Deconstructed City was an audio-visual project by VJ Group Random Doctors (VJFinland), in collaboration with experimental music and performance group Riders Of The Lost Current and sound artist Mér. The 3-hour spectacle took over the corner of Vaasankatu and Fleminingkatu on Saturday August 24, 2013.

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TransEurope Slow

A BIKE RIDE THROUGH EUROPE

Take a virtual bike ride and explore the development of European cities through the eyes of the urban cyclist. TransEurope Slow negotiates modern cities and finds places that tell contemporary stories which move beyond tourist attractions, stereotypes, and city brands. Your journey will seamlessly switch from Liverpool to Helsinki and Madrid, linking the cities and highlighting their differences, and similarities. Read more…

Urban Takes Helsinki

A SOCIAL MAP OF THE CITY

What meanings do we attach to the city space while documenting it, and how does the social video landscape reflect urban realities? Urban Takes Helsinki, a project by Michelle Teran, looks at personal stories and different perspectives of Helsinki as depicted through online video. The project is created in collaboration with seven amateur videomakers living in the city who post their videos on YouTube. Read more…

Kallio Archive

MOMENTS FROM A DISAPPEARING CITY

The Kallio district in Helsinki is currently changing rapidly through gentrification and real estate development. The Kallio Archive is an open media service documenting the life of the neighbourhood on video. The archive collects moments from a disappearing city and publishes its materials for free use on the web. It is based on a concept of “near media” which reflects urban memories online – and is used and produced by the residents. Read more…

Reading Kamppi

READ/WRITE THE CITY

The urban mediascape is made of words, images – and code that binds it together. Reading Kamppi is a series of experimental small pieces, where artists interpret messages from the Kamppi area, by doing word and image searches online and on the streets. Read more…

City Sets & Media Facades

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON URBAN MEDIA

What type of environment is constituted by urban media, what stories are told on the screens and billboards and by whom? How do physical and online spaces intersect and enable the participation of citizens? And how should we design and produce for the urban media? These are some of the questions that were addressed in the seminar which was targeted to artists, designers, architects, researchers and others working within the urban and media spaces.  Read more…

We are the people, this is the place

Liverpool’s famous community media project tenantspin co-produced a project for Media Facades 2010 Festival with local residents in Helsinki and Liverpool. The project was realized in workshops focusing on local people’s conceptions of normality and citizenship, and the co-creation process produced two short films: Kontula News and Four Bricks. Read more…