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[urban interfaces]

About Us

The purpose of the research group [urban interfaces] is to bring together the disparate elements of rapid and radical urban transformations, reflexive cultural practices, and theoretical perspectives from media and culture studies, in order to shape the debate and to contribute to the formation of today’s cities.

Our key value and productive contribution as media and culture scholars lies in a) developing the theoretical and conceptual tools necessary for understanding the dynamics of urban transformations, b) our acute sensitivity for, and awareness of the elucidating, reflexive and critical potential of practices in media, art and performance, and c) the multi-disciplinary practices which we ourselves undertake as engaged academics, and our manifold collaborations and network activities with cultural partners and stakeholders in the 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, architecture.

– in press Sigrid Merx. “Between Realities #Athens. Or How Scenography can Facilitate The Re-Imagination of Public Space.” FORUM+

– in press Nanna Verhoeff and Karin van Es. “Situated Installations for Urban Data Visualization: Interfacing The Archive-City.” With. In Pedram and Judith Naeff (eds.), Visualizing the Street: New Practices of Documenting, Navigating and Imagining the City. Cities and Cultures. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press

– in press Michiel de Lange. “From Realtime City to Asynchronicity: Exploring The Real-Time Smart City Dashboard ” In Cartographic Temporalities: Time and Space in Digital Mapping, edited by Alex Gekker, Sam Hind, Sybille Lammes, Chris Perkins and Clancy Wilmott. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

– in press Michiel de Lange. “The Playful City: Citizens Making The Smart City” In The Playful Citizen: Power, Creativity, Knowledge, edited by René Glas, Sybille Lammes, Michiel de Lange and Joost Raessens. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

– in press. Michiel de Lange. “Playful City Making: The Citizen as Urban Planner in The Smart and Social City.” In The Playful Citizen: Power, Creativity, Knowledge, edited by René Glas, Sybille Lammes, Michiel de Lange and Joost Raessens. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

– in press Michiel de Lange and Martijn de Waal, eds. “The Hackable City: Digital Media and Collaborative City Making in the Network Society”. Singapore: Springer

– 2017 Nanna Verhoeff, Heidi Rae Cooley and Heather Zwicker, eds. “Urban Cartographies: Mapping Mobility and Presence”. Special issue Television & New Media 18, 4 (Sage) http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/tvna/18/4

– 2017 Nanna Verhoeff, Heidi Rae Cooley, and Heather Zwicker. “Urban Cartographies: Media Mapping Mobility and Presence.” With. Journal for Television and New Media 18, 4: 298–304. Special Issue: Urban Cartographies: Mapping Mobility and Presence. Nanna Verhoeff, Heidi Rae Cooley, Heather Zwicker (eds.) https://doi.org/10.1177/1527476417705030

– 2017 Nanna Verhoeff. “Urban Interfaces: The Cartographies of Screen-Based Installations in the City.”Journal for Television and New Media. 18, 4: 305-319. Special Issue: Urban Cartographies: Mapping Mobility and Presence. Nanna Verhoeff, Heidi Rae Cooley, Heather Zwicker (eds.) https://doi.org/10.1177/1527476416667818

– 2017 Nanna Verhoeff. “Interfaces of Media Architecture.” 43-58 in Alexander Wiethoff and Heinrich Hussmann (eds.), Media Architecture: Using Information and Media as Construction Material (Age of Access? Grundfragen der Informationsgesellschaft). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

– 2017 Nanna Verhoeff. “Performative Cartography.” 435-449 in Stephen Monteiro (ed.), The Screen Media Reader: Culture, Theory, Practice. New York: Bloomsbury. Reprinted excerpt from Mobile Screens: The Visual Regime of Navigation (2012: 149-163).

– 2017 Michiel de Lange. “Datafying The Commons: Data Publics and Smart Citizenship”. DRAFT PAPER for Workshop: “The Right to The Smart City: Civic Participation, Urban Commons, Co-Creation and Citizenship”, 5-6 Sept 2017, edited by Paolo Cardullo, Cesare Di Feliciantonio and Rob Kitchin. Maynooth.

– 2017 de Waal, Martijn, Michiel de Lange, and Matthijs Bouw. 2017. “The Hackable City: Citymaking in a Platform Society.” Architectural Design 87 (1).

– 2016 Nanna Verhoeff.  “Screens in the City.” 125-139 in Dominique Chateau and José Moure (eds.), Screens. The Key Debates. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. Open Access: http://www.oapen.org/download type=document&docid=607790

– 2016 Nanna Verhoeff. “Curating the City: Urban Interfaces and Locative Media as Experimental Platforms for Cultural Data.” With Clancy Wilmott. 116-129 in Rob Kitchin and Sung-Yueh Perng (eds.), Code & The City. London: Routledge.

– 2016 Nanna Verhoeff.  “A Tale of Two Times: Augmented Reality as Archival Laboratory.” 357-428 in Giovanna Fossati and Annie van den Oever (eds.), Exposing the Film Apparatus: The Film Archive as a Research Laboratory. Framing Film. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

– 2016 Michiel de Lange, Schouten, Ben, Gabriele Ferri, and Karel Millenaar. 2016. “Games as Strong Concepts for City-Making”. In Playable cities: The City as a Digital Playground, ed. Anton Nijholt. London: Springer. 23-45.

– 2016 Sigrid Merx. “Mapping Invisibility – Surveillance Art and The Potential of Performative Cartography.” In: Martina Leeker, Imanuel Schipper & Timon Beyes (eds.) Performing the Digital. Bielefeld: transcript. 157-171.

– 2016 Eugene van Erven. “Towards a New Cutting Edge: Where Avantgarde Meets Community Art”. TDR/The Drama Review. Volume 60, Issue 4, Winter 2016,  p.92-107.

– 2015 Nanna Verhoeff. “Mobile Media Architecture: Between Infrastructure, Interface, and Intervention.” Observatorio (OBS*) Journal. Special issue: Media City: Spectacular, Ordinary and Contested Spaces. (November): 71-84.  http://obs.obercom.pt/index.php/obs/article/view/974/749

– 2015 Nanna Verhoeff. “Footage: Action Cam Shorts as Cartographic Captures of Time.” Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 5: 1 & 2. Special issue: Short Film Experience (January 1): 103-109.

– 2015 Michiel de Lange. “The Playful City: Using Play and Games to Foster Citizen Participation.” In Social Technologies and Collective Intelligence, edited by Aelita Skaržauskienė, 426-434. Vilnius: Mykolas Romeris University.

– 2015 Michiel de Lange. “Playing Life in The Metropolis: Mobile Media and Identity in Jakarta”. In Playful Identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures, eds. Valerie Frissen, Sybille Lammes, Michiel de Lange, Jos de Mul and Joost Raessens. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 307-320.

– 2015 Frissen, Valerie, Sybille Lammes, Michiel de Lange, Jos de Mul, and Joost Raessens. Playful identities: The Ludification of Digital Media Cultures. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

– 2015 Klichowski, Michal, Philip Bonanno, Sylwia Jaskulska, Carlos Smaniotto Costa, Michiel de Lange, and Francisco R. Klauser. “CyberParks as a New Context for Smart Education: Theoretical Background, Assumptions, and Pre-Service Teachers’ rating.” American Journal of Educational Research (Special Issue “Schooling and the new ways of social reproduction: perspectives of policy research”).

– 2014 Nanna Verhoeff and Heidi Rae Cooley. “The Navigational Gesture: Traces and Tracings at the Mobile Touchscreen Interface.” Necsus #5: Traces (Spring). http://www.necsus-ejms.org/navigational-gesture-traces-tracings-mobile-touchscreen-interface

– 2014 Nanna Verhoeff and Heidi Rae Cooley. “Performativity/Expressivity: The Mobile Micro Screen and Its Subject.” 207-216 in Annie van den Oever (ed.), Technē/Technology: Researching Cinema and Media Technologies – Their Development, Use, and Impact. The Key Debates. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. Open Access: http://www.oapen.org/search?identifier=607770 

– 2017 Nanna Verhoeff, Michiel de Lange and Sigrid Merx. “[urban interfaces]. Onderzoek naar media, kunst en performance in de stad.”Blik: Tijdschrift voor audiovisuele cultuur 10, 2 (August): 12-15.

– 2017 Nanna Verhoeff and Karin van Es. “Data voor discussie: installaties in de stad als interventie”. Boekman 111: 40-43.

– 2017 Michiel de Lange. Slimme stad, slimme stedelingen. Agora Magazine voor sociaalruimtelijke vraagstukken.

– 2017 Sigrid Merx. “Naar een typologie van kunst in de publieke ruimte.” Boekman 111

– 2016 Nanna Verhoeff. “Interfacing Urban Media Art.” 190-199 in Susa Pop, Tanya Toft, Nerea Calvillo, Mark Wright (eds.), What Urban Media Art Can Do: Why, When, Where & How. Stuttgart: avedition GmbH.

– 2016 Michiel de Lange “Hacking Buiksloterham: How Digital Media can Democratize City-Making.” PDZ
Nieuw Amsterdam Magazine (10).

– 2016 Michiel de Lange. Verhalen over de slimme stad: Hoe kunnen burgers zich identificeren met de smart city? Essay Estafette: Reflecties op de toekomst van de digitale overheid voor het Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties, 57-71.

– 2015 Cristina Ampatzidou, Matthijs Bouw, Froukje van de Klundert, Michiel de Lange, and Martijn de Waal. “The Hackable City: A Research Manifesto and Design Toolkit”. Amsterdam: Amsterdam Creative Industries Publishing.

– 2015 Michiel de Lange. “Een echte slimme stad is een speelse stad.” Parool, 30 May 2015.

– 2015 Michiel de Lange. The Playful City: Play and Games for Citizen Participation in the Smart City. COST TU1306 STSM report.

– 2014 Michiel de Lange. “Playful Planning: Citizens Making the Smart and Social City”. ECLECTIS report: A contribution from cultural and creative actors to citizens’ empowerment.

– 2014 Michiel de Lange, Rolf van Boxmeer, and Tessa Peters. 2014. Rezone playful interventions: Spelen voor de toekomst. Den Bosch: BAI & bART/DW.

– 2014 Michiel de Lange and Martijn de Waal. “Klik. Like! Share: Hoe digitale media de publieke ruimte
veranderen.” In: The Mobile City / Publieke Ruimte – Publieke Zaak.

– 2017 Nanna Verhoeff Invited Speaker. “Curating Screen Publics: From Networks to Interfaces.” With Marijke de Valck. International Network TV Seminar Network and Post-Network TV Studies. Utrecht University (April 19).

– 2017 Nanna Verhoeff. Keynote Lecture. “Surface, Installation, Situation: A Response for INTRA-SPACE.” Intra Space: Practicing Virtual Conditions. Academy of Fine Arts, Institute of Art and Architecture, Vienna, April 5-8 (April 7).

– 2017 Peer-Reviewed Conference Paper. “Situating Urban Data: Urban Media Art as Performative Archaeology for the Emergent Present.” Panel: Media Art and Urban Screens: Locating Points and Routes of Comparison and Practice. SCMS Chicago 2017. Chicago, IL, March 22-26 (March 26).

– 2017 Nanna Verhoeff. Keynote Lecture. “Interfacing the City: A Layered Perspective on Urban Spectatorship.” Situation Space: How Spatial Images Define the User’s Disposition. Humboldt University, Berlin, January 12-13 (January 13).

– 2017 Michiel de Lange. 19 January. Invited keynote for iCity Masterclass at University of Amsterdam.

– 2017 Michiel de Lange. 30 Jan. invited talk at Ecogames Symposium, organized by Joost Raessens at Utrecht University: https://www.uu.nl/en/events/symposium-ecogames-game-research-meets-sustainability

– 2017 Michiel de Lange. 30 Sept. talk “Data en de stad” at Betweterfestival on 30 September 2017.

– 2017 Michiel de Lange 1-2 April – Invited keynote speaker at Datapublics workshop/conference, Lancaster University. http://datapublics.net

– 2017 Sigrid Merx and Cecilie Sachs Olsen. Critical Workshop on Measuring Impact of Public Art at A Sense of Place: Arts, Enterprise & Placemaking an Interdisciplinary Conference of the University of Bedfordshire, London. November 4-7.

– 2017 Sigrid Merx. Participated and presented in a selective seminar ‘Articulating Artistic Research 5.0: The Position of the Researcher’ at the 2017 Canadian Association for Theatre annual conference.

– 2017 Sigrid Merx. ‘The Performance of Public Spaces in Everyday Life: Scenography as Curatorial Approach and Analytical Tool.’ Paper presented at Nordic Geographers Meeting 2017 in Stockholm, June 18-2.

– 2017 Sigrid Merx. ‘Exploring Athen’s Stages of Crisis. Live Action Research as Form of Expanded Scenography’. Paper presented at PSi annual conference in Hamburg, June 7-9.

– 2017 Sigrid Merx. Studium Generale UU (Art in public space).

– 2017 Sigrid Merx. Studium Generale TU Eindhoven (Art in public space).

– 2016 Nanna Verhoeff. Peer-Reviewed Conference Paper and Panel Convener: “Navigating Urban Archives.” Panel: Visualizing the Urban Archive. Visualizing the Street. University of Amsterdam, June 16-17 (June 17).

– 2016 Nanna Verhoeff. Peer-Reviewed Conference Paper and Panel Convener. “Connecting Cartographies: Urban Screens as Playful Urban Laboratories.” Panel: Urban Cartographies: Mobile, Geolocative Technologies and the City. SCMS Atlanta 2016. Atlanta, GA, March 30 – April 3 (April 2).

– 2016 Michiel de Lange and Martijn de Waal. Hacking buiksloterham: How Self-Builders are Making their City. Paper read at MEDIATIONS: Art & Design Agency and Participation in Public Space, 21-22 November 2016, at Royal College of Art, London, UK.

– 2015 Nanna Verhoeff. Invited Lecture. “Performativity in Digital Navigation.” Traders Training Week #3. Multiple Performative Mapping. Design Academy, Eindhoven (July 1).

– 2015 Nanna Verhoeff. Invited Lecture. Kracauer Lecture. “Screens as Urban Media Architecture.” Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, June 30. http://www.kracauer-lectures.de

– 2015 Nanna Verhoeff. Invited Lecture. “Mobile Architecture: How to Do Things with Screens.” Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art. Séminaire: Ecrans exposés. Art contemporain, cinéma, média. Paris (March 18).

– 2015 Sigrid Merx. Invited participant in seminar ‘Together in Solitude: Public Engagement in Interactive and Participatory Art’. York University, May 8-9.

– 2015 Martijn de Waal, Michiel de Lange, Cristina Ampatzidou, and Matthijs Bouw. 2015. A Hackable City Research Manifesto. Paper read at workshop “Hackable Cities: From Subversive City Making to Systemic Change” at C&T ’15 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies. Limerick, Ireland.

– 2015 Michiel de Lange, Martijn de Waal, Nanna Verhoeff, Marcus Foth, and Martin Brynskov.
Digital Cities 9 workshop proposal “Hackable Cities: From Subversive City Making to
Systemic Change“. In 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies
(C&T 2015), 27-30 June 2015. Limerick, Ireland: ACM.

– 2014 Nanna Verhoeff. Keynote Lecture. “Cartographies of Connection: Infrastructure, Interface, Intervention.” Media Architecture Biennale 2014 (MAB14). Aarhus, November 19-22.

– 2014 Nanna Verhoeff. Invited Speaker. “Cultural Curation and Urban Interfaces: Locative Media as Experimental Platforms for Cultural Data” Workshop: Code and the City. NUI Maynooth, Ireland, September 3-4 (September 3).

– 2014 Nanna Verhoeff. Peer-Reviewed Conference Paper. “Layering the City: Urban Interfaces as Curatorial Laboratories.” 10th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference. Association for Cultural Studies. Tampere, Finland, July 1-4.

– 2014 Nanna Verhoeff. Invited Speaker. “Footage: A Collaborative Experiment About Temporality in Oxford.” With Sybille Lammes, Alex Gekker, Sam Hind, and Clancy Wilmott, Mobile Media: Making Cooperation Work. Siegen University, June 18-20.

– 2014 Nanna Verhoeff. Invited Lecture. “Below the Surface: Criticality of Urban Interfaces.” Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab Symposium, Brussels, June 13-14.

– 2014 Nanna Verhoeff. Keynote Lecture. “Cultural Curation: Care and Criticality in Networked Visuality.” Image Not Available: Networked Visuality & Its Limits. American University of Paris, Paris, May 9-10.

– 2014 Michiel de Lange. DRAFT PAPER The “Urban” in “Urban Media”. Utrecht University.

– 2014 Michiel de Lange. From Realtime City to Asynchronicity. Paper presented at the workshop Time Travelers: Temporality and Mapping, 27-18 May 2014, at University of Oxford, UK.


Live action research events in collaboration with Platform-Scenography and commissioned by different cultural partners (Sigrid Merx).

– 2015 Exposium, commissioned by SharedSpace.

– 2015 Between Realities #Prague, commissioned by Prague Quadriennal.

– 2016 LAR Amsterdamse Straatweg, commissioned by Utrecht University.

– 2016 The Culture of Control, commissioned by STROOM.

– 2017 Between Realities #Athens; commissioned by Greek curator Thanos Vavolis.

– 2018 Urban Heat/ with SPRING Festival, curation of Final Academy in Utrecht on Art and activism in the city (2018).


– 5 December workshop From Signal to Visual (in collaboration with Datafied Society) at SensorLab, Utrecht (Nanna Verhoeff).

– 1-2 December invited (special lecture) speaker at “DATA (FOR) CULTURE” event, Katowice, https://dataforculture.eu/en/programme/ (Michiel de Lange).

– 24 October moderator of Conference “A City as Smart as its Citizens” NatLab, Eindhoven (Dutch Design Week/World Design Event) (Michiel de Lange).

– 5-7 5 October co-organizer Tabita Rezaire PCI: Lecture and Screening (Michiel de Lange).

– 28 Sept. organizing and moderating panel “Algorithmic Reality” at Netherlands Film Festival (Michiel de Lange).

– 27 Sept. moderation at Netherlands Film Festival. Co.Laborations and Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) teaming up for end of Sept. 2017 (Michiel de Lange).

– Sept Invited workshop participant “The Right to the Smart City” organized by Rob Kitchin at Maynooth Univ., Ireland (Michiel de Lange).

– 20-21 April – Moderation of International Games for Cities conference at Het Nieuwe Instituut – http://gamesforcities.com/ (Michiel de Lange).

– 19 April Co-organizing colloquium with Eric Gordon (with HvA, and Play the City) (Michiel de Lange).

-Moderation Studium Generale ArteZ. Moderation: Revolte: The revolution will be live (Sigrid Merx).


– 12 Jan. 2016 Invited talk “Playful City” talk COST TU1306 Action, Poznan (Michiel de Lange).

– 14 March 2016 Pakhuis Commons evening – invited panellist (Michiel de Lange).

– 21 March 2016 Invited respondent Dorien Zandbergen event Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions (AMS ) (Michiel de Lange).

– 20 April 2016 Invited participant and advisor Nationale Wetenschapsagenda “Smart City” track – TU Delft (Michiel de Lange).

– 23 April – 10 July 2016 contribution to IABR expo “Hackable Cityplot” (Michiel de Lange).

– 20 May Invited respondent “Affect Space” symposium (Eric Kluitenberg). (Michiel de Lange).

– 27 May Fab City Amsterdam – testing hackable watergame (Michiel de Lange).

– 30 May 2016 EU city makers summit watergame testing Pakhuis (Michiel de Lange).

– 6 Juni 2016 Host of a Datafied Society “Smart Cities” meeting UU (Michiel de Lange).

– 16 June 2016 Expertise Centre: organize game spectatorship event Het Nieuwe Instituut. 23 June (Michiel de Lange).

– Organized & chaired “Smart & Playful Cities” seminar for Games focus area (Michiel de Lange).

– 29 June Lead Watergame testing at International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam (IABR) (Michiel de Lange).

– 30 June Invited speaker INtetain conference Utrecht. (Michiel de Lange).

– Interview Smart City article by Rob Hartgens for ING bank internal pub. (Michiel de Lange).

– 20 Sept. 2016 Invited guest lecture Innovation Institute Copernicus UU (Frans Sengers). (Michiel de Lange).

– 20 Sept 2016 Invited guest lecture about the data-driven smart city for UDS at Stadhuis Gem. Dordrecht (Michiel de Lange).

– 3 Oct. 2016 moderation of “Rezone Redesire” game launch in Pakhuis de Zwijger (Michiel de Lange).

– 11 Oct. 2016 moderation of Games for Cities event in Pakhuis de Zwijger http://gamesforcities.com. (Michiel de Lange).

– 12 Oct. Invited guest lecture UU Humanities Lectures 2016-17 ” Imaginaries of the Future ” about hackable city project (Michiel de Lange).

– 23 Oct. 2016 Moderation Utrecht “Games for Cities” Talkshow in Overvecht http://gamesforcities.com/ (Michiel de Lange).

– 24 Oct. Co-organized seminar with Maarten Hajer hosted by the Urban interfaces group (Michiel de Lange).

– 27 Oct. Organized & moderated session at Impakt Festival with student presentations from Research Lab 1 course (Michiel de Lange).

– 22 Nov. Talk at MEDIATIONS conference, RCA London – http://tr-aders.eu/conference/general-theme/ (Michiel de Lange).

– 29 Nov. 2016 Invited guest lecture Gem. Rotterdam Knowledge Lab Urban Big Data (Michiel de Lange).

– 13 Dec. 2016 Organized & chaired lecture & Workshop Ole B. Jensen & Simon Wind at UU, Sweelinckzaal (Michiel de Lange).

– Moderations Studium Generale ArteZ. Morderation: Lost in Translation/2016 (Sigrid Merx).


– 27 June Digital Cities 9 Workshop: Hackable Cities: From Subversive City Making to Systemic Change. University of Limerick (Michiel de Lange).

– Sigrid Merx. Studium Generale ArteZ. Morderation: Just Another Day/2015, Lost in Translation/2016, Revolte: The revolution will be live/2017.


– 3-4 September 2014. Invited speaker and participant. Workshop: Code and the City. NUI Maynooth, Ireland, September 3-4 (Nanna Verhoeff).

– May 27-28 2014 Organizer Workshop: Time Travelers: Temporality and Digital Mapping. Oxford University, 27-28 mei. (Nanna Verhoeff).