Smart Cities and Creativity: Towards A New Intersection of Urban and Culture Theory – A Challenge after the Pandemic

Jul 2, 2021 - Jul 3, 2021 online More Information

A smart city is a concept which has been attracting the interest of scholars and citizens across the world, but it has not fully been actualized yet; instead, it opens up interpretations, discussions and embodiments. Titled as Smart Cities and Creativity, this symposium will invite scholars and practitioners from differing fields from Switzerland, Japan and abroad, to explore fundamental questions relating to a smart city through the lens of arts, culture and creativity. How realisitc is it for the smart city to be the actual direction towards which contemporary cities are headed? To what extent is a smart city transforming and impacting the creative and cultural clusters in urban areas? Can we use 'creativity' as another integral component of the city and does 'creativity' have the potential to be the invigorating force of urban experiences? This symposium will attempt to identify the roles and potentiality of arts, culture, and creativity while developing ideas to actualize a smart city.

We will also explore the influence of the pandemic upon arts and culture in the context of Tokyo. In response to the global outbreak of COVID-19, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been postponed to 2021. The impact of this once-in-a-hundred-years pandemic is affecting people's lives tremendously. Under these circumstances, what kind of roles does the Cultural Olympiad play? What will the new normal do for arts and culture?

The symposium will bring together ideas on a smart city, global mega events and the pandemic in order to explore the role of arts, culture, and creativity, and to situate them within the discussion of urban studies. The symposium would bring us new perspectives on the arts and culture of the city, the next horizon of Creative City theory.

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- Panel Discussion Day 1: Friday 2nd July 2021, 10:00-11:50 (CST) | 17:00-18:50 (JST)
- Panel Discussion Day 2: Saturday 3rd July 2021, 10:00-12:00 (CST) | 17:00-19:00 (JST)

- Keynote Speakers (Video) / Discussants:Ryuji Fujimura (Japan), Kazuo Fujino (Japan), Desmond Hui (Hong Kong), Tally Katz-Gerro (Israel), Hidetoshi Ohno (Japan), Andy C Pratt (UK), ruangrupa (Indonesia), Consuelo Sáizar (Mexico), Akitoshi Edagawa (Japan), Yusaku Imamura (Japan), Frédéric Martel (France/Switzerland), Torao Ohsawa (Japan), Christoph Weckerle (Switzerland) and more.

- More information: Global Art Practice, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
- Webinar Registration: Webinar Registration


Recorded Keynote Lecture by Andy C Pratt‘Creative Cities: From Smart Cities to Smart Citizens’
More recorded Keynote Lectures and Case Study Presentations are available here.