Call for Participation Demos & Posters Exhibition

Call for Participation Demos & Posters Exhibition

The Media Architecture Biennale 2020-21 is a biennial event featuring demos, workshops, a conference and an exhibition that attract interaction designers, lighting designers, architects, artists, researchers, city officials, and industry practitioners working in the fields of media architecture and urban interaction design.

The Demos and Posters Exhibit at the MAB gives artists, architects, planners, city officials, designers, researchers, and other professionals the chance to exhibit their work to an international audience, including leading practitioners and researchers in the fields of Media Architecture and Urban Interaction Design. We are looking for early-stage prototypes, more mature works-in-progress, or learnings from finished projects. Possible exhibition formats include photos, posters, videos, diagrams, scale models, or small scale functioning prototypes. Demos and Posters could be used to showcase artworks in public space, media architecture elements such as facades or interactive installations, research projects, smart city, and citizen or living lab experiments, design prototypes of products and services, city visions, conceptual (design) frameworks, etc.

The focus of the Demos and Posters Exhibit is on sharing insights and learnings of upcoming, ongoing, and recently finished projects. Exhibits should make these learnings, insights, goals, or conceptual frameworks clear and invite visitors to reflect and discuss. A good submission explains the questions or issues it addresses, the proposed intervention, how this is supposed to work, and the insights or learnings derived from the project.

Demos and Posters will be exhibited during the MAB on-site at Marineterrein Amsterdam. Presenters will be expected to set up their own work and be present to discuss their work with visitors during the conference time slots reserved for the Demos and Posters exhibition (approximately 1,5 hours each day). We expect these periods to be lively sessions where presenters will receive feedback from an international audience.

Demos and Posters will be documented in the Media Architecture Online archive. Those who wish to do so, can also submit an official abstract in ACM-format to be published in the official conference proceedings.


Important dates

  • Submissions open: 1 April 2020
  • Submissions close: EXTENDED to Fall 2020
  • Selections announced: To be announced
  • Build up of demos and posters on site: To be announced
  • Opening of Exhibition: June 30th, 2021
  • Exhibition open to the public: To be announced
  • Takedown of Exhibition: To be announced


Preparing your submission

Projects will be submitted through an online submission form. Submissions will need to include:

  • Title & author(s)
  • Clients, Site and/or context of implication
  • Type of project
  • Abstract: a brief description of the work, central themes, proposed intervention, and insights
  • For Posters: a PDF of the poster to present
  • For Demos: a description of the onsite installation
  • Additional images and/or videos
  • Optional: an ACM-format abstract to include in conference proceedings


MAB Theme: Futures Implied

The theme for the Media Architecture Biennale 2020-21 is Futures Implied. The following themes are therefore of specific interest:

  • The Aesthetics and Poetics of Responsive Urban Spaces: Media architecture that contributes to a sense of place, deepening citizens’ understanding of and attachments to local sites, and making them more legible, imaginative, and inclusive.
  • Citizens’ digital rights in the era of platform ecologies: Media architecture that articulates public values and allows citizens to govern through digital platforms, rather than be governed by them.
  • Playful & Artistic Civic Engagement: Media architecture that enacts people-centric interventions through which citizens themselves learn, negotiate, and create innovations through play and games.
  • Restorative Cities: Media architecture that enables societies to regenerate socially, ecologically, physiologically on multiple levels, from the individual to the city as an entity of systems.
  • More-Than-Human Cities: Media architecture that embraces the well-being of the natural ecosystem as a whole.


More information & Contact

More information about the Marineterrein can be found on their website: Information about specific Marineterrein buildings and how to travel to and between them can be found here and here.

For more information about the theme, see our curatorial statement.

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Demos & Poster Chair

Juan Carlos Carvajal Bermúdez, Media Architecture Institute –


The Media Architecture Biennale 2020-21 is organized by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with Utrecht University.

Executive Committee & General Chair: Martijn de Waal, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences; Frank Suurenbroek, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences; Nanna Verhoeff, Utrecht University; and Michiel de Lange, Utrecht University. Program Chairs: Dave Colangelo, George Brown College Toronto; and Ava Fatah, Bartlett, University College London.

Download the PDF of this call.