Creative Cities of Media Arts Cluster will meet in Košice during the Art&Tech Days  

During the Art&Tech Days Festival, the UNESCO Creative Cities of Media Arts will meet in Košice, Slovakia.  

After the event in Santos, Brazil, the next host of the cluster meeting is going to be the city of Košice in Slovakia. The representatives of Austin (USA), Braga (PRT), Cali (COL), Hamar (NOR), Karlsruhe (DEU), Košice (SVK), Namur (BEL), Viborg (DNK) and York (GBR) will come together to discuss the plans and activities of the cluster for the future. The meeting will be held in hybrid form, so the cities, who will not be able to attend, could participate.  

“ International cooperation through media art and digital culture is one of the backbones of Creative Industry Kosice mission.  This will be the first time since Košice has joined the network of UNESCO Creative Cities of Media Arts in 2017, that we will welcome partners in our city ”, said Michal Hladky, the director of Creative Industry Košice.  

The meeting will take place at the sidebars of the annual festival of art, new technologies and digital culture Art&Tech Days in Košice on November 23rd, 2022. The festival that will take place from November 21st until 27th at the Kasarne/Kulturpark and multiple venues across the city will offer among other programs, an exhibition of media artworks produced through a collaborative project called “City to City”, a joint project of UNESCO Creative Cities of Media Arts cluster. 

The “City2City” project was designed in 2020, to provide artists from UNESCO Creative Cities of Media Arts a platform for collaborative work in pairs, online, to  co-create new digital art. The exhibition opening on the 22nd of November at 6pm CET as a side program of Art & Tech Days festival in Kasarne/Kulturpark venue, will present three collaborative artworks by Slovak artists with their counterparts from Guadalajara (MEX), Austin (USA) and Saporro (JPN).  

Reminiscence path, 2020- is the work of Beáta Kolbašovská (Košice), Junichi Oguro (Saporro). Artwork is based on data tracking of experiences from people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The main idea was to create an audio-visual installation using data which reflect the lives of people during the pandemic. 

PlaceHolder, 2021 – by Ivana Durkáčová (Košice), Lucian Rodriguez Arredondo (Guadalajara) is a web-based experimental experience that uses terrain data and sounds from city centres of Guadalajara and Kosice to generate a multilevel maze, explore the concepts of globalisation and simulated reality. 

Born & Raised, 2022 by the artists Mišo Hudák (Košice), Faiza Kracheni (Austin) – their work focuses on the memory of people and places, and the gaps and limitations, that are now created by the rising power of technology. 

The main idea behind the City2City artistic collaboration project initiated by the Cities of Media Arts cluster is to promote the excellence of practice in media arts, share knowledge and skills, encourage the public and other professionals to engage in creative practices, foster sector development, and raise the profile of the work of the UNESCO Creative Cities. All of it is in line with the mission of Art & Tech Days festival to bring to the spotlight trending topics of cooperation between arts, culture, technologies and research in overcoming the challenges of our time and working together for solutions for more resilient and inclusive communities and a brighter future. 

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