Theme & Publications

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. Therefore, the MAB20 Program will take place online:

  • Workshops  |  June 24th – 29th  |  via Zoom
  • Online Conference  |  June 30th – July 2nd  |  via virtual conference platform

 

MAB20 offers you a place to connect and interact beyond the sessions, using the platform Discord. Discord will enable you to connect with the community and encourages one-on-one conversations or group discussions using video and/or chat. Browse through our channels, join the conversation in between sessions and meet new people. Click on the button below to join MAB20 on Discord.

> Join MAB20’s Discord

 

To check out the MAB20’s pre-events that we have organised during the past two years, click here.  

Registration

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.

The MAB20 Program will take place online:

  • Workshops | June 24th – 29th | via Zoom
  • Online Conference | June 30th – July 2nd | via virtual conference platform

All sessions and activities (keynotes, paper sessions, symposia etc) will be held via Zoomrecorded, and made available on the platform after each session. All recordings will stay available on-demand for MAB20 attendees until August 1st. With this, we hope to enable equity of access to the content regardless of where a person is situated geographically while trying to provide convenient times as much as possible for our speakers.

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REGISTERING FOR MAB20 ONLINE CONFERENCE | June 30th – July 2nd

After finalising your ticket purchase, you will get a confirmation email. Once we are closer to the biennale, we will email you with your personal link to access the MAB20 virtual conference platform and also details about how to navigate it. In the meantime, we invite you to browse the MAB20 Program and sign up for one or more of our workshops below.

 

 

REGISTERING FOR WORKSHOPS  |  June 24th – June 29th

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

 

REFUND POLICY

All sessions from the online conference will be live-streamed, recorded and made available on-demand to all attendees until the 1st of August. Considering that the tickets will grant access to the content of MAB20 during 30 days after the event, tickets for the MAB20 are non-refundable.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

At MAB20 we aim to create and provide an environment of mutual respect and kindness, recognizing our differences and being open to learning from each other. Please take a moment to read MAB20’s Code of Conduct and Participation Guidelines. We ask that everyone participating in the MAB20 conference agrees to abide by them.

Virtual Conference Consent: Recordings of sessions, chats, questions, and answers will be captured and made available for later viewing. By registering for the MAB20, you are granting permission to record your comments and questions during sessions. Please note: You cannot register for this event unless you give consent.

For more information, please review the Media Architecture Institute Privacy Policy.

 

 

 

 

 

Practical

The Media Architecture Biennale is the world’s premier event on media architecture, urban interaction design, and urban informatics. It brings together architects, artists and designers, leading thinkers on urban design, key industry and government representatives as well as community activists. Together, we explore the design and role of media in the built environment and its implications for urban communities and ecosystems.

 

LOCATION: MAB20 will take place as an online event

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.

 

DATES

The MAB20 Program will take place online:

  • Workshops | June 24th – 29th | via Zoom
  • Online Conference | June 30th – July 2nd | via virtual conference platform

All sessions and activities (keynotes, paper sessions, symposia etc) will be held via Zoomrecorded, and made available on the platform after each session. All recordings will stay available on-demand for MAB20 attendees until August 1st. With this, we hope to enable equity of access to the content regardless of where a person is situated geographically while trying to provide convenient times as much as possible for our speakers.

 

MAB20 TICKETS

By purchasing a ticket you will have access to the entire MAB20 Program – except for workshops. Workshop registrations are set up and managed by each of the workshop organizers. To check out our diverse list of workshops click here, and follow the sign-up instructions described on each of the workshop’s webpage.

After finalising your ticket purchase, you will get a confirmation email. Once we are closer to the biennale, we will email you with your personal link to access the MAB20 virtual conference platform and also details about how to navigate it.

Register for MAB20 

 

REFUND POLICY

All sessions from the online conference will be live-streamed, recorded and made available on-demand to all attendees until the 1st of August. Considering that the tickets will grant access to the content of MAB20 during 30 days after the event, tickets for the MAB20 are non-refundable.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

At MAB20 we aim to create and provide an environment of mutual respect and kindness, recognizing our differences and being open to learning from each other. Please take a moment to read MAB20’s Code of Conduct and Participation Guidelines. We ask that everyone participating in the MAB20 conference agrees to abide by them.

Virtual Conference Consent: Recordings of sessions, chats, questions, and answers will be captured and made available for later viewing. By registering for the MAB20, you are granting permission to record your comments and questions during sessions. Please note: You cannot register for this event unless you give consent.

For more information, please review the Media Architecture Institute Privacy Policy.

 

RAISING ISSUES

The following will not be tolerated at MAB20: personal attacks; derogatory language; unwelcome sexual attention or physical contact; disruptive behaviour; influencing unacceptable behaviour. If you experience practices or behaviours at MAB20 which don‘t meet the policies above, or if you feel you are being harassed in any way, please contact safety@mab20.org immediately. All issues raised are treated as confidential and shared only with our Safety Team.

 

PRESS & MEDIA

We have put together a Press Kit, including a press release and promotional material for MAB20, see below:
Access MAB20 Press Kit

 

 

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