Why Art in the Hybrid City?

A healthy city needs friction, rupture and engagement as much as it needs efficiency, cohesion and consensus. It needs spaces for stimulating awareness, consciousness, trust, resistance, inclusion, empathy, presence, thinking, engagement and eventually action – which can add up to changing worldviews, habits and innovation schemes.

Art and creativity can engage people to care and dare to critically and constructively participate in societal co-creation.

Artists are at the ethical and sustainable forefront of our technological evolution and can embrace and facilitate such complexity at an urban scale.

We need to further sustainable practices with art to become a foundation on which cities can evolve – critically, ethically and sustainably.

The coalition for hybridcity.art seeks to qualify a mandate and further sustainable practices for art in the hybrid city.

Art for Sustainable Urban Change

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes among its 17 goals a specific objective to ‘make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’ and identifies culture and creativity as essential levers for action in this context.

Recognizing the increasing significance of media art and moving images for sustainable urban development, hybridcity.art advocates for strengthening art’s mandate, role and conditions in the technologically developing urban context.

In order to make art and creativity a lever for sustainable urban change, we need to share experience, transfer knowledge and work in cooperation between domains of art, public and private sectors; between the independent artistic experiment and the strategic priority of urban art.

Research Questions

  • What values, ethics, positions and excellence does art bring to the nexus between technological innovation and urban development today?
  • What qualities does art’s friction, rupture and disobedience bring to urban development?
  • How, on what conditions, in which contexts and during what times can such qualities be facilitated in urban design and innovation processes?
  • How can art critically engage and connect people and communities as active and critical participants in societal co-creation?
  • How can we create sustainable and educational models with art to further these goals between disciplines and across geographies?