BikeTAG Play Test: Colour Keepers by by artists Tine Bech, Bang & Lee and Julian Sykes, made in a Playable City Sprint. Photography © Max McClure 2013. Image courtesy of Watershed.
BikeTAG Play Test: Colour Keepers by by artists Tine Bech, Bang & Lee and Julian Sykes, made in a Playable City Sprint. Photography © Max McClure 2013. Image courtesy of Watershed.

RECIFE: THE PLAYABLE CITY


JANUARY - APRIL 2014
BRISTOL, UK & RECIFE, BRAZIL


ARTISTS AND TECHNOLOGISTS EXPLORE HOW TO BE PLAYFUL IN PUBLIC IN AN INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMME


Lighthouse is pleased to be working with Watershed as a partner on Recife: The Playable City, an exciting new international initiative to put artists, creative producers and technologists from Brazil’s Pernambuco region and the UK, into collaborative situations.

Porto Digital, Recife, Brazil
Porto Digital, Recife, Brazil

Recife: The Playable City will bring together eight artists, eight creative producers and eight creative technologists from the Pernambuco area in Brazil and from around the UK to develop new ideas that use creative technology to explore the theme of the playable city.

“The Playable City” is a new term, coined by Watershed, which is intended as a counterpoint to the term, “Smart City”. A “Playable City” is a city where people, hospitality and openness are key, enabling its residents and visitors to reconfigure and rewrite its services, places and stories. It is a place where there is permission to be playful in public.

Recife: The Playable City invites practitioners from Brazil and the UK to work together in small teams, to develop playful interventions that rethink public space. Through a shared process of making and testing, participants will explore ideas with others, to develop work that responds to the challenges our future cities may face.

Lighthouse’s participant in Recife: The Playable City is our Creative Producer, Andrew Sleigh, who will spend two weeks developing ideas at Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol in January 2014, and one week developing work at Porto Digital in Recife, Brazil later in 2014. With an emphasis on exchange and experimentation, participants will generate imaginative ideas, consider local and global contexts, research and develop prototype digital works, investigate business models, and make valuable connections that will last beyond the end of the programme.

The project furthers Watershed’s ongoing exploration in the notions of play and public space. Earlier this year, they launched the inaugural Playable City Award, which resulted in the artwork, Hello Lamp Post which premiered this summer.

The themes explored within the project will inform Lighthouse’s ongoing work furthering interdisciplinary creative practice, particularly through our new studio. The programme will also enables us to engage in international outreach, professional development and to create deep connects for our future work.

Recife: The Playable City is a Watershed project delivered in collaboration with Porto Digital and the British Council, as part of the UK/Brazil Transform programme.
The project is supported by the British Council’s Creative Economy programme and the Arts Council England.

The UK partners on the project include:
Cornerhouse, Site Gallery and National Theatre Wales (UK).
The Brazilian partners are: the Secretary of Economic Development, UFPE (Pernambuco’s Federal University), the Gilberto Freyre Foundation, Recife’s City Council, Delta ZERO, Fundaj, and CESAR.

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