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Uncoded Collective, TransEurope Slow, 2013.

TransEurope Slow (2013)

Take a virtual bike ride and explore the development of European cities through the eyes of the urban cyclist. In April 2013, Uncoded Collective visited Liverpool to meet with local community groups in order to digitally render a new, narrative picture of the city. This innovative approach combines the playfulness of computer games with an open design methodology to explore the ways in which we discover our home cities, and those further afield.

TransEurope Slow negotiates modern cities and finds places that tell contemporary stories which move beyond tourist attractions, stereotypes, and city brands. Your journey will seamlessly switch from Liverpool to Rotterdam and Madrid, linking the cities and highlighting their differences, and similarities.

The footage for this installation was collected through a community-based workshop, in which locals guided Uncoded Collective throughout the streets of Liverpool on bikes, telling stories as they made their way through the city. This process allowed Liverpool inhabitants to piece together a diverse narrative about their vibrant city, communicating to visitors what the city feels like to them; what they love, what they hate, what has changed, what makes Liverpool unique, and how the city’s identity informs their own.

TranseuropeSlow is part of Connecting Cities, a major project with 11 European cities and 14 other cultural organisations to create a network of public screens to produce and disseminate artistic content across Europe.

The exhibition is part of the Connecting Cities initiative, supported by the Culture Programme 2007-2013 of the European Union. The Connecting Cities Network is initiated by Public Art Lab in co-organisation with Ars Electronica, Media Architecture Institute, FACT, Amber Platform, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, m-cult, Medialab-Prado, iMAL, Foundation Riga 2014 and Videospread. In association with
Aarhus University
, Marseille-Provence 2013
, MUTEK Montréal
and Quartier des spectacles Montréal. Connecting Cities aims at creating an exchange between urban activists, creatives, passers-by and city inhabitants from all over the world via media façades and large digital screens.