What is CITYx?

The sun rises, draws restless lines from rooftops to street corners. People slip through shadow and burst into light, coming and going in all directions like synaptic charges, humming electric. Who are these people? And what is this place, solid as stone but always in flux, in plain view but impossible to see? It is a riddle and a paradox, much like the people that give it life. We call it CITYx.

CITYx is an idea, a question, and a challenge. It is the individual dreams, risks, loves, and actions that collectively shape the city. CITYx is the individual people who shape their city, and it is the city that shapes its people. CITYx is kaleidoscopic, it must be seen a thousand different times, from a thousand different angles. CITYx belongs to the people who see it, who inhabit it, who engage it, who invest themselves in it, whether for an hour or a lifetime. CITYx is what we make it.

x is the unknown, the variable, the becoming. x is independently organized. x marks the spot.
Join us at TEDxVienna's CITYx event on September 25th, 2014, and discover the city you only thought you knew.

Speakers

Steven Engelsman

Steven Engelsman

"World Treasures of the Past and World Citizens of Today"
 
The Museum of the Future

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Biography

Dr. Steven Engelsman studied mathematics, did research in the history of mathematics and spent most of his life working in museums in Leiden, the Netherlands. He has come to Vienna in 2012 with a brief to reposition and rebrand the Museum für Völkerkunde and to see it through a grand renovation. It is the Weltmuseum Wien now and will be ready the end of 2016.

Christoph Schmidt-Mårtensson

C. Schmidt-Mårtensson

"How to Engage Smart Citizens"
 

User Experience & Citizen Participation

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Biography

Christoph Schmidt-Mårtensson’s passion is to create experiences : User Experience, Customer Experience and Learning Experience. In the Corporate eLearning field he has been successfully proving for many years now, how the three worlds :user experience, customer experience and learning experience can be connected with his 3D concept (Design, Didactics and Dramaturgy/Storytelling). The innovative approach towards corporate learning of his company create.at create-mediadesign GmbH has been awarded the prestigious German E-learning Award in 2007,2013 and 2014.

Diana Contiu

Diana Contiu

"The Architecture of Protest"
 

Architecture & Economics

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Biography

Diana Contiu studies architecture at the Technical University of Vienna. Together with Lukas Zeilbauer she is the co-initiator of Hypotopia - Milliardenstadt, an entirely student-run project that investigates and visualizes how much the 19 billion euro paid by Austrian taxpayers to bail out Hypo Bank is really worth. The project has opened her eyes to the value of civil courage and peaceful protest through proactive, interdisciplinary collaboration.

Matthew Passmore

Matthew Passmore

"The Medium is the Metropolis"
 

Art in Urban Planning

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Biography

Matthew Passmore is an artist, teacher and public space advocate. Best known as the original founder of the Rebar Art & Design Studio, he has lectured and exhibited internationally and speaks regularly on the role of the artist in improving the quality of the urban realm. Matthew teaches at the graduate school of Urban Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Biography

Pedro Gadanho is the Curator of Contemporary Architecture in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Since he joined MoMA in 2012, he is responsible for the Young Architects Program, and he curated the exhibitions 9+1 Ways of Being Political, Cut’n’Paste, and Conceptions of Space. Previously, he divided his activity between architecture, teaching, writing and curating.

Biography

Veronika Kovácsová (1984) is an urban entrepreneur, designer and researcher (in 2014 graduated at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, MUrb. and in 2009 at University of Amsterdam, MSc. in sociology). She lives in Vienna and is working at feld72 architecture and urban strategies. She is one of the founding member of Paradocks, a think-and-do tank creating new use and meaning of (formerly) vacant urban spaces in Vienna, co-initiator of Na Streche (On the Roof), a project revitalizing and opening up an unused 1500m2 roof terrace in Bratislava and a member of Vnútroblok, an experimental platform dedicated to dynamics of social and physical urban spaces.

Herr Finnland

Herr Finnland

"Adventure and the City"
(had to cancel)

Discovering the City

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Biography

Herr Finnland established his own company ‘Herr Finnland E.U. – Veranstaltungsdramaturgie & Production’ specialized in Creative Concept Design for big and scale events like Fete Imperiale, Life Ball Vienna and many others. In 2011 he created his Event Concept Series ‘Nesterval – Adventures in the City’ which comprises publically and individually offered Adventure Tours, Historical Treasure Hunts and Corporate Team Building events for brands like Swarovski, FM4, Kunsthalle Wien, Pro7Sat1Puls4.

Bradley Garrett

Bradley Garrett

"The Value of Trespass"
 

Urban exploration

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Biography

Bradley L. Garrett is a lecturer in the Economy, Governance & Culture Research Group at the University of Southampton with a passion for photography of off-limits places. His first book, Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City (Verso Books 2013), is an account of his adventures trespassing into ruins, tunnels and skyscrapers in eight different countries. Details of his current research, media projects, publications and events can be found at bradleygarrett.com

Exhibitors & Interactives

In addition to talks, CITYx will feature interactive exhibits and experiences:

Participants can join a street art workshop hosted by Galerie Hilger NEXT/Cash, Cans & Candy artists Vasilena Gankovska and Boicut, explore the potential of augmented reality with eoVision and Wikitude, or ride along with former CITYx speaker Florian Lorenz and Smarter Than Car on a Bicycle Urbanism Night Ride*. Photos from Instagramers Vienna's CITYx InstaWalk will be on display, as will music videos filmed in (mostly) public places in Vienna by They Shoot Music Don't They. And a variety of food and refreshments will of course be provided.

* Participants will require their own bike (and lights) to join the Night Ride.

Also, Wikitude has augmented TEDxVienna's reality! To see how, simply:
1) open (or download) the Wikitude app on your smartphone or tablet
2) enter 'tedx' in the search field
3) scan TEDxVienna's logo for an augmented experience!

 

Program & Videos  


YouTube Playlist: All talks

 
17.00 _ _ _ _ _ Doors open Registration, Exhibits, Interactives

18.00 _ _ _ _ _ Talk Session #1
Steven Engelsman
"World Treasures of the Past and World Citizens of Today"
Christoph Schmidt-Mårtensson
"How to Engage Smart Citizens"
Diana Contiu
"The Architecture of Protest"
Matthew Passmore
"The Medium is the Metropolis"

19.30 _ _ _ _ _ Break Exhibits, Interactives, Refreshments

20.30 _ _ _ _ _ Talk Session #2
Pedro Gadanho
"Museum as Activator, Museum as Activist, Museum as Agitator"
Veronika Kovácsová
"How Individual Actions Can Create Collective Resilience"
Herr Finnland
"Adventure and the City" (had to cancel due to illness)
Bradley Garrett
"The Value of Trespass"

from 22.30 _ _ Unofficial afterparty Palmenhaus

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Location Weltmuseum Wien, Heldenplatz

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