MAB Academy 2: Shaping the Future of the Field

Date & Time

Thursday, July 1st | 11:30 – 13:00 CEST,  05:30 – 07:00 EDT,  19:30 – 21:00 AEST
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Description

In this open roundtable, we will have a discussion to explore insights and ideas about research, learning, and teaching in the field of media architecture. The roundtable will include presentations from the MAB steering committee that includes creative professionals, academic researchers, and educators, and invites participants to join the discussion.

About the Media Architecture Biennale Academy

The MAB Academy, launched as a new initiative at the 2020/21 edition of the Media Architectuur Biennale has the goal to contribute to the development of media architecture as an academic and pedagogical field. The aim of the MAB Academy is to support research and teaching in this new and fast-developing field, and to create platforms for the exchange of knowledge around the practices, collaborations and frameworks that shape its educational and academic infrastructures, internationally. The MAB Academy invites creative professionals, academic researchers, students, educators, and program coordinators to explore and exchange experiences, insights, and ideas about and from research, learning, and teaching in the field of media architecture. On our agenda are the following aims, questions, and plans:

Practices

Our aim is to share and disseminate experiences and best practices. We need to address  **How do we teach the interdisciplinary field of media architecture, what theoretical inspirations, creative methods and research formats are we using? We plan to address this by creating platforms for exchanging knowledge and inspiration, and by articulating our needs and ambitions.

Collaborations

Our aim is to bring together leading academics, practitioners and educators to lead the development of the activities; to develop ad hoc communal tactics for advancing and carving out and strengthening the field. In order to do this we need to explore if we can work more closely together as a field and simultaneously forge  crossovers with adjacent fields (including computer science, urban planning, policy science, social sciences, philosophy and other fields in the Humanities)? We plan to develop a series of activities and communal tactics for carving out and strengthening the field.

Frameworks

We aim to develop the methodological, pedagogical and institutional frameworks needed for the field of media architecture to develop as an academic and professional field. This means we should  consider which methodological, pedagogical and institutional frameworks are needed in order to make the field of media architecture grow and blossom, through e.g. funding schemes, different review procedures, curriculum changes, organizational changes, industry involvement? We will formulate longer term strategies for anchoring media architecture institutionally.

 

More info & contact

Katharine Willis – katharine.willis@plymouth.ac.uk
Nanna Verhoeff – n.verhoeff@uu.nl

 

Susa Pop

Susa Pop

Susa Pop is a curator, cultural entrepreneuer, lecturer, artistic director and co-founder of Public Art Lab, the Urban Media Art Academy and the Connecting Cities Network

Nanna Verhoef

Nanna Verhoef

Nanna Verhoeff is Professor of Screen Cultures & Society in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University

Michiel de Lange

Michiel de Lange

Michiel de Lange (1976) is an Assistant Professor in New Media Studies, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands; co-founder of The Mobile City

Alessandro Aurigi

Alessandro Aurigi

Professor of Urban Design at the University of Plymouth. His research focuses on the relationships between our digital society and the ways we conceive, design, and manage urban space, to enhance and support place quality

Sabine Zierold

Sabine Zierold

Sabine Zierold is Assistant Professor at the chair Presentation Methodology and Head of MediaArchitecture master degree program at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, where she also received her Ph.D. in 2005.