Theme: Futures Implied

Originally, media architecture was most concerned with the integration of displays and interactive installations into architectural structures, such as media facades and urban screens. Over the years, the discipline has grown much broader, as new technologies such as digital platforms and smart city technologies have increasingly made their way into the experience, management and design of cities.

None of these technologies brought into the city are neutral enablers, mere decorative structures or just simple market places connecting demand and supply in fields as diverse as energy and transport to commerce and leisure. They are built upon numerous spoken and unspoken assumptions about urban life, each with their own implications for both social relations as well as their effect on the natural ecosystem.It is time therefore for the discipline of media architecture to address the implied futures of new technologies.

MAB20 calls for media architectures that move beyond the mere spectacular; as well as beyond the design of individualized services comforting human customers. MAB20 calls for media architectures and urban interaction that dare to take on a more-than-human approach: aiming at the well-being of the natural ecosystem as a whole; For urban media art and design that bring implicit and explicit bias within technology and culture to light, and provide the means for ongoing discussion, debate, and societal change; For digital platforms that strengthen citizen’s digital rights in democratic societies

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Program MAB20

This year, due to the ongoing global pandemic the Media Architecture Biennale had to be adapted and re-imagined in an online format for the first time. During the past few months, the MAB20 Organizing Committee has explored and experimented with multiple possibilities on how to best serve the worldwide MAB-Community and translate the atmosphere that we were planning to create here in Amsterdam and Utrecht to an online environment.

With that in mind, the MAB20 Program will take place online:

  • WORKSHOPS | From June 24th – 29th
  • ONLINE CONFERENCE | From June 30th – July 2nd

Practical

MAB ONLINE

The Media Architecture Biennale 20 (MAB20), originally planned for the fall of 2020, will take place in an online format with workshops being held from June 24th – 29th and the online conference from June 30th – July 2nd. All sessions and activities will be live-streamed, recorded, and its recording will be made available on the virtual conference platform immediately after each session. All recordings will be available on-demand for MAB20 attendees until August 1st. This decision was made due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its ramifications, such as social distancing and travel restrictions. We still hope to be able to accompany these with some smaller scale, on-site meet-ups in Amsterdam and Utrecht, depending on Covid regulations at that time. Regardless, our goal is to ensure we provide an exciting and safe experience to the MAB-Community.

More practicalities and the definitive program will become available soon here on our website.  For monthly updates on our programme, deadlines and registration, sign up for our newsletter and we will keep you informed.

We hope to welcome you to an inspiring online conference.

MAB20 Team

 

REGISTERING FOR MAB20 

Ticket sales for MAB20 will be announced soon! 
In the meantime, we invite you to browse the MAB20 Program and sign up for one or more of our workshops below.

 

REGISTERING FOR MAB20 WORKSHOPS

Access to the MAB20 workshops is not included in our tickets. Workshop registrations are set up and managed by each of the workshop organizers. CLICK HERE to check out our diverse list of workshops and follow the sign-up instructions described by each of the workshop organizers. For more info on the workshops or questions about registration, contact the workshop organizers directly.

 

MAB20 will be online

The Media Architecture Biennale 20 (MAB20), originally planned for the fall of 2020, will take place on June 28th - July 2nd, 2021 in an online format. All of the major events such as workshops, keynotes, awards and paper sessions will be accessible online from locations throughout the world. We still hope to be able to accompany these with some smaller scale, on-site meet-ups in Amsterdam and Utrecht, depending on Covid regulations at that time. Our goal is to ensure we provide an exciting and safe experience to the MAB-Community.

For monthly updates on our events, deadlines and registration, sign up below for our newsletter and we will keep you informed.


 

Our calls for participation are still open and a few deadlines have been extended! For more information, click here.
We hope to welcome you for an inspiring conference in the Summer/Winter of 2021!

Media Architecture Biennale Team