Bristol: A “Playable” City

With the reason of the Conference “Making the City Playable”, that took place on the 10-11th September in Bristol, I give some more insights about the activities happening in this definitely playable city.. ūüėČ

First of all, he ‚ÄúPlayable City‚ÄĚ is a term that has been coined by Watershed in Bristol as a people-centred counterpoint to the idea of the data-driven ‚ÄúSmart City‚ÄĚ. The Playable City is imagined as a city in which hospitality and openness are key, enabling residents and visitors to reconfigure and rewrite city services, places and stories. The Playable City fosters serendipity and gives permission to be playful in public.

The idea of the Playable City has been explored in a range of Watershed projects; a series of cultural exchange rapid project development labs with the British Council working with artists, producers and technologists from the UK and East Asia in 2012 and Brazil in 2014, the inaugural Playable City Award , a major commission for a future-facing artwork, which supported development of Hello Lamp Post in Summer 2013, Biketag Colour Keepers ‚Äď a street game for Bristol Temple Quarter, and Open City: Guimar√£es– a series of artistic commissions that explored how openness in city governance might improve the social, cultural, and economic lives of inhabitants of the Portuguese 2012 European Capital of Culture.

Here is the winner of this year’s (2014) Conference Petition:¬†Shadowing¬†–¬†(Jonathan Chomko and Matthew Rosier) –¬†giving “memory to eight of Bristol‚Äôs city lights, enabling them to record and play back the shadows of those who pass underneath‚ÄĚ.

If you are not yet convienced about Bristol, check here some more of the ideas and events happened there lately..

A 300ft Water Slide :

Hello Lamp Post :

Playing Out Community :

Zombie Chase :

For more infos check also this article from Guardian.

Biophilia from Bj√∂rk: Music and Science

The Biophilia Educational Program is designed to inspire children to explore their own creativity, and to learn about music and science through new technologies.
It is a hands-on program, groundbreaking in its highly original effort to break up conventional teaching modes by merging music and science together.

‚ÄúCreativity as a Learning Tool‚ÄĚ has been the slogan of this interdisciplinary program which was based upon Bj√∂rk‚Äôs Biophilia concept. It uses the Biophilia App Suite to help link together diverse subjects with playful creativity and the interactive nature of the touch screen.

 

Suitable for children aged 8-15 (target group 10-12), the Biophilia Educational Program was launched in collaboration with Manchester International Festival 2011. The Program has since been further developed by Björk in collaboration with scientists from The University of Iceland and music and science teachers from Reykjavik City Schools.

The nature of the Biophilia Educational Program is particularly well suited for children with ADHD, dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and the program has been especially supportive and encouraging for them.

 

Reykjavik City’s Board of Education is currently running a mobile version of the Biophilia Educational Program in all of the city’s middle schools for the next three years. The New York Biophilia Recidency Workshops resulted in two Biophilia-based programs running for several months in New York Public Library and The Children’s Museum of Manhattan. The workshops in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Oslo, Norway have sparked interest in neighboring cities.