In addition to concerts, exhibitions and competitions using the whole city as a stage, this year, the festival is focusing on professional encounters at series of roundtables on the role of media arts in exploring and shaping the cities of tomorrow, and participants from political, cultural and academic institutions, artists, architects and urban planners are invited to debate on how media arts can create opportunities for exchanging and communicating between inhabitants in public spaces where we also observe new approaches for a productive use.
The optimization of speed and quantities of communication has revolutionized our lifestyle and today, we are actually more divided as well as more connected because there is a growing sense of individualism in societies. Facing these critical moments, media arts seem to have a key for cities with their capacity to encourage collective experiences and creations of new social spaces.
Besides the roundtables, a showroom will be organized on June 18th in partnership with the French Regional Economic Agency and the Economic Growth Committee of Val d’Oise department to introduce related business innovations. On June the 18th from 2 p.m till 6 p.m, a dedicated networking space will favour B2B meetings between members of the Digital Arts Network, foreign cultural institutions and artists.