URBAN SCREENS are interactive, dynamic digital information displays in urban environments. Forms and appearances range from LED billboards, plasma or SED screens, information displays in public transportation systems and electronic city information terminals to dynamic, intelligent surfaces that may be fully integrated into architectural facade structures. Their introduction in the urban environment poses new, unparalleled challenges and opportunities. URBAN SCREENS 2005 was the first international conference of its kind. Presentations covered a broad spectrum of topics and issues, ranging from critical theory to project experiences by researchers and practitioners in the field of art, architecture, urban studies and digital culture.
URBAN SCREENS 2007 (Manchester, October 2007) will elaborate on this discussion, focusing on the potential of content: issues surrounding the production and display of media content for Urban Screens, as well as adaptive reuse of 'old' content for new media will be explored in detail. Topics will include the potential of public screens for interaction, Public Space Broadcasting (PSB), the politics of public space, mediated interaction and participation, and new participatory formats.