24 January 23 -
25 January 23
ZeM – Brandenburg Centre for Media Studies
Symposium “Transformative Climate Media for Urban Futures. Imagination, Interaction, Impact”
International Symposium: 24 – 25 January 2023
How can audiovisual media and digital spaces help cities and regions reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the new realities of climate change – in other words, make sustainable local futures imaginable, negotiable, and desirable?
This symposium takes an operative perspective on audiovisual media that are used in transformative processes like urban planning, citizen participation, disaster management, and others. We use the term transformative climate media to encompass a wide range of media forms and genres that help create shared visions of sustainable local futures and facilitate discussions about how to get there: from scientific visualizations and animated explainers over decision-making tools, games, and XR simulations to documentaries and fictional films. We want to particularly discuss their potential to evoke interactions, create collective images and ideas, and facilitate negotiations about socio-ecological futures. Thus, the focus lies less on knowledge transfer and more on aspects such as meaning-making, narrativity, aesthetics, co-design, urban media and knowledge beyond the ‘smart city’ paradigm.
The symposium aims to initiate a lasting exchange between various actors interested in urban climate media and to establish a transdisciplinary research field of the highest practical relevance. While there has long been a broad academic debate about different strategies of climate communication and their impact on specific target groups and individuals, more systemic approaches and impact strategies as well as the operative use of media forms in transformative processes have often been neglected. And while climate communication research mostly focuses on unidirectional aspects (e.g. framing, target group targeting and corresponding media effects), only a few studies and projects so far emphasize the potential of (not only urban) climate media to motivate interactions, to evoke collective images and imaginations or to foster negotiation processes about societal futures.
The focus on cities is for two reasons: first, cities are already responsible for about 80 percent of global energy consumption and over 70 percent of CO2 emissions – and at the same time they’re highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Second, cities are focal points, seismographs, and sites of negotiation and contest around social futures, which makes them impactful beyond their borders in a political, cultural and metabolic sense.
The program is spread over two half days and consists of presentations by invited speakers, project presentations invited via an open call, as well as structured discussion rounds and informal opportunities for exchange.
TUESDAY 24th January / Australia: 24/25th January
All times in CET
CST (Central USA): 06:00-11:00 (am); AEDT (Australia): 23:00-04:00
13:15-13:40: Project Presentation
Nadine Kuhla von Bergmann (Creative Climate Cities, Germany): Why is the process more important than the product? Driving urban transformation processes by fostering tacit-knowledge experiences
13:40-13:50: Coffee Break
13:50-15:10: Discussion: Adding perspectives, pluralizing discourses
Melissa Ingaruca (University of Helsinki, Finland): Tapping into other species sensorial worlds to imagine multispecies cities: from posthuman narratives to sensorial hacking
Catalina Ortiz (University College London, United Kingdom): Cultivating Urban Storytellers: A Radical Co-Creation to Enact Cognitive Justice for/in Self-Built Neighbourhoods
Imanuel Schipper (Theatre Academy/Uniarts Helsinki, Finland & HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany): Beyond understanding: How to stage the climate crisis
15:10-15:35: Project Presentation
Eleni-Ira Panourgia (Film University Babelsberg, Germany): Listening to Climate Change
16:05-17:25: Discussion: Engaging Audiences
Ilan Chabay (RIFS Potsdam, Germany & Arizona State University, USA): tba
Tobias Conradi (HSLU Lucerne, Switzerland): Climate Awareness in Interactive Documentaries? Information, Experience and Action in Interactive Reality Narratives
Wytske Versteeg (Utrecht, Netherlands): Imaginable, desirable, negotiable? Futuring interventions, imaginative logics and fruitful interaction
17:25-17:35: Coffee Break
17:35-18:00: Project Presentation
Bernd Hezel & Tobias Gralke (Climate Media Factory & Film University Babelsberg, Germany): LOCALISED
WEDNESDAY 25 January
All times in CET
CST (Central USA): 02:00-06:30 (am); AEDT (Australia): 19:00-23:30
09:00-10:20: Discussion: Interventions in Public Space
Sarah Barns (Sidney, Australia): Enchanting Places: Navigating and creating alternate media ecologies through place-based storytelling
Myriel Milicevic (FH Potsdam, Germany): Climate Community Streetplay
10:20-10:30: Coffee Break
10:30-10:55: Project Presentation
Maren Schuster (University of Halle, Germany): Stadtklima Halle
10:55-12:05: Discussion: Applied Media Research for Urban Transformation
Moritz Maikämper (ARL Hannover, Germany) & Steffen Krämer (University of Konstanz, Germany): (How) Can Science Fiction Help Us to Transform Our Cities?
Thomas Klinger (ILS Research gGmbH, Germany): tba
12:35-13:00: Project Presentation
Björn Stockleben (Film University Babelsberg, Germany): oKat-SIM
13:00-13:30: Closing Discussion
For continuously updated information and speaker bios, please visit the Film University’s event website.
Organized and hosted by Visiting Prof. Dr. Bernd Hezel & Tobias Gralke (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF / Climate Media Factory)