*Urban fictions for possible futures*
*Call for works *
Deadline: 2 December 2016
How will everyday life evolve in the cities of tomorrow? What kind of
changes will smart systems, technologies of automation and constant
connectivity bring? Which new economic models might emerge and what will
the role of the particularities of different geographical areas be? How
will the development of the future cities affect the environment and the
natural resources of the planet?
The future today seems to be closer than ever. A new way of living has
already emerged based on the constant aggregation and processing of data.
Nonhuman factors, like the algorithms, have been introduced in models for
smarter cities and smarter homes, promising the constant optimization of a
city's functioning and of citizens' everyday life. While the mediation of
technology is, indisputably, of central importance when discussing the
future of the urban environment, at the same time the following needs to be
pointed out: Projections to the future usually refer mostly to economically
advanced metropolises or to urban centers with no local features attributed
to them. The different geographical particularities, the local economies
and the dynamic of citizens' involvement are, for instance, often left out,
shaping an image for tomorrow's cities, which is inevitably generalized and
The exhibition Tomorrows will aim to capture the urban future through
different utopian and dystopian scenarios being developed by artists,
architects and designers, opening up to territories with different
possibilities and needs. Real cities projected into the future, city models
that will never be built and hypothetical cityscapes will come together to
tell stories about the upcoming economic, social and environmental
conditions. New urban skylines, infrastructures, tools, wearables and
everyday objects will become the starting point for unexpected or
purposefully exaggerated stories, where the future is used as a tool that
can assist in critically understanding present itself.
Part of the exhibition will focus on the Mediterranean, a region
summarizing the crisis of the western world. Struck by the ongoing
financial crisis and affected by mass population movements and climate
change, the area is going through transformations affecting both the
natural and the urban environment. The exhibition will examine how the
future of the Mediterranean might evolve, imagining what, for instance, the
role of the smart systems, biometric technologies and network
infrastructures will be.
The open call of the exhibition focuses on projects addressing the future
of the Mediterranean cities. It involves existing projects as well as new
proposals for works referring – without being limited – to objects,
systems, infrastructures and environments. It welcomes visionary ideas for
alternative futures as well as reflective responses for phenomena of the
Submissions will need to include the following:
• Description of the project (250 words max)
• Technical and exhibition requirements
• 4-6 images or drawings
• List of people involved and credits
• Links related to the work – if any
• Contact details (email, phone, postal address)
• Short bio of the creator or the group (up to 150 words)
Material will need to be submitted in a single PDF, not exceeding 3 MB.
All texts will need to be written in English.
Submissions will need to be sent to email@example.com by 2 December 2016.
Notifications regarding the selection will be sent by 16 January 2017.
For more information use the above email address.
More info regarding the exhibition will be uploaded on the website
The exhibition will open in May 2017 in Athens.
Organized by: Onasssis Cultural Center / Christos Carras
Curated by: Daphne Dragona, Panos Dragonas
Designed by: Panos Dragonas, Varvara Christopoulou
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