Transformative Climate Media for Urban Futures: Imagination, Interaction, Impact

Symposium in Kooperation mit der Climate Media Factory (Potsdam)

Datum / Dauer:
24. – 25.01.2023
Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften – ZeM
Hermann-Elflein-Strasse 18
14467 Potsdam

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.

Find more information on the program & schedule here.