November 27, 2012 1:47 pm
Dear Share Festival friends,
thanks for coming this year in such strong numbers! Over 11,000 of you came in person to take part in events.
The Share Festival continues to be a one and only event in Italy that is enjoying growing popularity with an ever wider public attracted by art in the digital age.
The 8th Share Festival—OPEN YOUR CITY—engaged and captured audiences’ interest, featuring this year 20 artists, 25 panellists, 2 exhibitions, 1 special project, 3 performances, and 25 events in 12 consecutive festival days.
This year we collaborated closely with Paratissima and the Architects’ Association, as well as with the host museum, building on and proving the value of joint planning and networking with all the different people who joined forces to create a very special fortnight in Turin. Through their works, the artists explored a number of possible worlds to open our cities. At the conferences, panellists presented their points of view from different perspectives, converging on the fundamental need to empower people and culture to play a leading role in the innovative transformation of the society, communities and territories we live in.
Key words shaping the topics and debates addressed by our international guests included the commons, knowledge, tactical media, new media art, interaction design, mobility, connectivity, the green economy, awareness, interfaces, responsibility, the open city, ubiquity, community, data flows, citizenship, sustainability, and urban screens.
The festival was an inspiration for all—for guests, artists, panellists and the public. A project was officially opened to draw up a Smart City Manifesto, which over the course of the Share Festival was transformed into the Open City Manifesto.
The aim of the Open City Manifesto is to shed critical light on the dynamics that emerge in the intersection of social practices, urban architecture, open technologies and approaches to contemporary art. The idea is show how the growing importance of information systems situated in cities needs to be focused on enhancing not only production capacity but above all our social and environmental capital.
Is this the city that we want, imagine and hope for?
We hope that YOU will be inspired too!
Here we would also like to thank all the guests and artists who participated, but what we would like most is to hear from them and from you, the Share Festival friends, what inspired you all most at this year’s festival, by posting your comments on the Share Festival website.
The leading role of the Piemonte Share Festival in terms of content and the cutting edge focus of its perspectives were also applauded by the local and national media, which dedicated significant space and flattering words in their coverage of the festival.
We invite you to download the OPEN YOUR CITY catalogue here in PDF.
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