TV on the City



Hypersurface architects such as Zaha Hadid and Diller Scofidio & Renfro need not be the only ones merging technological art and the urban landscape to fantastical ends. In the city of Eindoven, in the Netherlands, a 3-day festival called Image Radio is taking place between November 2nd and 4th with the aim of reclaiming public city space in the name of interactive art and technology. Each of the ten different artist projects throughout the city are deeply rooted in the fields of art and computer science while also being site-specific. International and interdisciplinary audio-visual crew Crea Composite have installed a maze of 152 mosquito nets in the middle of an underground parking garage, onto which images ranging from animation to pure abstraction will be projected. The project's mock-up image appears like a gleaming mirage amidst the concrete dystopia. Also during the festival, a traveling video art pavilion aptly entitled the BLOB will be stationed outside the campus of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, screening numerous video art works. A symposium on Urban Screens will address new media and public space while offering a critical space amid the overwhelming projects throughout the city. While each specific project is a microcosm of possibility, the thought of so many screens being utilized for aims other than commerce is gratifying in itself.