Medialab-Prado opens a call for the presentation of projects and research articles within the framework of the Interactivos? Program. This edition is open to the presentation of research projects and articles or theoretical works that make visible, explore, reflect, imagine, prototype and experiment with and for movement in the city and its multiple forms and possibilities: not only the most visible movement of pedestrians, vehicles or goods, but also the less obvious movement of suspended particles, hidden fauna or waste generated by urban activity. The intersection of three perspectives is proposed to approach this issue: citizen science, environmental sustainability and creativity and art with digital tools. It is a broad and flexible thematic framework, from a critical position, to explore diverse aspects such as the deterioration of public spaces for coexistence and encounter, inequality in access to those public spaces and services, the capacity of different forms of transport absorb the needs of movement, the construction of the current culture of mobility, the effects on climate change, environmental deterioration, the impoverishment of local biodiversity, the reshaping of the landscape, security, etc.
Perception and social use of urban transformations through social media
As Ricoeur said, a city without utopia is a city without purpose. And given that we are approaching a global dystopia, perhaps it is time to reimagine that purpose and explore new utopias: seek new ways of doing and thinking, experimenting with new citizen spaces where multiple disciplines converge and collaborate to create a living, inhabited city, complex and in balance. But where to start? Perhaps… Are Smart Cities with their associated energy expenditure the solution to all our ills? Are Luc Shuiten’s Vegetable Cities? Should we think about cities on a human scale or is the problem that there are not enough roundabouts? Will the solution be to create huge urban food farms to contribute to sustainability or perhaps further unbalance the urban ecosystem? Is citizen science a key ally to mitigate the impacts of unsustainable mobility? Or is biotechnology perhaps the new paradigm that allows us to grow and contaminate even a little more? Perhaps it is necessary to avoid urban spaces where one can meet and talk in order to make all public spaces a compulsory passage, transit and perhaps turn them into non-places in the style of Marc Augé?