By digging into official data repositories, we will try to make the best possible use of the analytical potential of the digital tools applied by Medialab. Great importance will be placed the methods of data collecting, processing and sharing, so that the results of our work, including tools, methods and data itself, may also be of use to researchers, journalists, officials, urban activists, cultural institutions, non-governmental organisations and other interested parties.
The outcomes of these activities will be presented in September 2017, as part of an exhibition and festival specially prepared to sum up the project, as well as a publication to be released in early 2018. From October 2016 onwards Medialab Katowice’s office, based in the premises of the Institution of Culture Katowice: City of Gardens Square in Plac Sejmu Śląskiego, will operate a contact point, where all those interested in our research will be able to obtain information about current activities, make comments or discuss the project.
The study is carried out as part of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum, a project delivered jointly by Medialab Katowice and Katowice City of Gardens in collaboration with the Goethe Institute (DE) and the Czech Centre (CZ), reSITE (CZ), Association of Belgrade Architects (RS), KÉK – Contemporary Architecture Centre (HU), KUNSTrePUBLIK (DE), Mindspace (HU), ResPublica (PL), Stara Tržnica (SK), Vysoká škola výtvarných umení in Bratislava (SK). Partner: Regional Institute of Culture, Katowice.
How to get involved?
You can join our activities by taking part in one of the workshops or working group meetings (dates will be regularly updated on Medialab’s website). You can also get a microgrant for the implementation of a small research project, a database, an application or a project designed to map Katowice’s culture. We are interested in ventures that will present various aspects of the cultural life of the city, both in public space and on the web. We are looking for people who will e.g. help us describe Katowice neon signs, artistic interventions in public space, but also city-forming activities in social media. Such research can take on any form, such as mapping, queries, surveys, interviews, visual studies, series of photographs, databases, applications, etc., but we will favour those projects that are capable of generating quality open content to be of use to subsequent research projects.