[urban interfaces] research group at Utrecht University

About Us

The mission of the research group [urban interfaces] is to explore the different ways in which situated media, art, and performances create, intervene in, and transform urban spaces. This research brings together perspectives on current rapid and radical urban transformations, reflexive cultural practices in and about public spaces, and theoretical approaches from media, art and performance studies, in order to contribute to debates about contemporary, urban culture.

We aim to  a) develop theoretical and conceptual tools necessary for understanding the dynamics of urban transformations; b) contribute to sharpening sensitivity for, and awareness of the elucidating, reflexive and critical potential of practices in media, art and performance, and c) contribute to the development of multi-disciplinary methods for academic research within the creative humanities, seeking manifold collaborations and network activities with cultural partners and stakeholders in the wider cultural field.

In our research we bring together multiple fields, topics and research foci, among which: mobile media studies, scenography and dramaturgy, interface theory, media architecture, urban media art, participatory culture, network theory, game studies, locative media, screen theory, design theory, and architecture.