Public Art Lab (PAL) initiated the Connecting Cities Network project in 2012 and coordinates the network.
PAL is based in Berlin and directed by curator and cultural producer Susa Pop. Since 2003, PAL has aimed at developing forms of communication and action that incorporate the public in the artistic process and give rise to long-lasting collaborations and networks. These projects aim at fostering community development, identity building and communication among the city inhabitants.
Since 2007 PAL has focused on urban media art, exploring the communicative potential of urban screens and media facades. For example, at the Media Facades Festival Europe 2010, seven major European cities were connected for the first time via urban screens and media facades for activities including joint broadcasting events, which opened a window for viewing social and intercultural processes. PAL has continued its involvement with urban media by initiating in 2011 the Innovationsforum Urban Screens, a project supported by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and in 2012 the Berlin based Urban Media Network which fosters research and business development in this field.
Other PAL projects include: Mobile Museums (2004), Mobile Studios (2006), Mobicases (2007, 2009, 2011), Media Facades Festival (2008) and Round Table Ukraine (2011-2013).
Susa Pop / Public Art Lab Berlin – Director
Susa Pop is an urban media curator and producer based in Berlin. In 2003 she founded Public Art Lab (PAL) as a network of experts from the fields of urban planning, new media arts and IT. Susa Pop is interested in creative community building through networking art projects that catalyse communication processes in the public space. She initiated most of the PAL projects like the Connecting Cities Network, Media Facades Festivals Berlin 2008 and Europe 2010, Mobile Studios and Mobile Museums. She also speaks worldwide at conferences and workshops on urban media and is a lecturer at several universities like University of Potsdam / European Media Science, FH Potsdam / Arts Management and Cultural Work and HTW Berlin. In 2012 Susa Pop published the book Urban Media Cultures together with three co-editors.