Today’s modern cities are hybrid structures in which technology is invisibly interweaved in the perception layers of our everyday lives. With the curatorial theme of InVISIBLE and VISIBLE Cities, in the framework of UNESCO’s International Year of Light, we want to develop an awareness on the changes which are hardly visible to the eyes and are underlying our nowadays cities.

During the ‘In/Visible Cities: Prototyping Lab’ creative developers, IT experts, urban planners and future visionaries use sensor measurement technologies to create DIY and crowdsourcing strategies dealing with the visualization of invisible technologies and data collection in cities. The three topics Safety (digital citizens), Climate Change and Energy (hybrid city) and translocality is the participants starting point for coming up with creative use of these data. The three best ideas were chosen, developed and presented as light installations in Dortmund and Jena.

The ‘In/Visible Cities: Prototyping Lab’ took place on 26th and 27th January as part of transmediale 2015 in the SUPERMARKT – initiated by Public Art Lab in collaboration with Fraunhofer FOKUS and funded by the RWE Foundation.