“City to City” presents digital media artworks by international artists

09. February 2022 — 30. June 2022

told-hold – Taeheon Lee (York), Meiyan Chen (Karlsruhe), ARCOS: Erica Gionfriddo, Eliot Gray Fisher (Austin)

Under the motto “PLAY!”, five artworks that were created as part of the innovative and award-winning City to City project will be presented to the public for the first time at a digital vernissage starting on February 9, 2022. 13 UNESCO media art cities have cooperated to enable artists to work together across borders.

The dreadful pandemic through which the world has lived has shown us what creativity and culture mean to us, and what it means to lose these vital ways of relating to one another. We have all missed the playfulness of everyday human interaction. The Media Arts Cities asked artists to imagine a fairer, more sustainable future, to consider how we can use our technologies to help us learn to play again. In short, what will happen when we press PLAY?

Five media art works by artists from 13 media art cities
Artists worldwide were invited to develop their visions for a digital work of art. The result is five media artworks based on a three-month artistic online collaboration between artists from the Media Art cities, which will be presented to the public for the first time this week.

13 UNESCO Media Arts Cities – Austin (USA), Braga (Portugal), Cali (Colombia), Changsha (China), Enghien-les-Bains (France), Guadalajara (Mexico), Gwangju (South Korea), Karlsruhe (Germany), Kosice (Slovakia), Sapporo (Japan), Toronto (Canada), Viborg (Denmark) and York (UK) – have collaborated on the award-winning City to City initiative to enable artists to work together across borders.

Opening with virtual vernissage
On Wednesday, February 9th, 2022 at 2:00 p.m., an online audience from around the world celebrates the launch of City to City: PLAY! The second edition of the innovative online collaborative project is launched in the presence of the artists, UNESCO officials and civic representatives and will be streamed live on Facebook at the following link https://fb.me/e/1dIaWxTdn.

Come by and explore the exhibition online! Videos and conversations with the artists will give exciting insights into the creative process and their works. The artworks can be experienced online at the website of the Media Arts Cities: https://mediaartscities.com/city-to-city/

A recording of the launch will be made available subsequently here https://mediaartscities.com/city-to-city/

City to City is a project of Karlsruhe’s Department of Cultural Affairs within the framework of UNESCO City of Media Arts.

The project was awarded the prize “Best International Project” in 2021 by Fondazione Santagata, one of the most important Italian foundations dedicated to cultural innovation as a factor of economic development.

Further information: https://www.cityofmediaarts.de/en/city-to-city/