On the occasion of the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015, Urban Lights Ruhr takes part in restaging the international media façade festival. In the framework of the transnational network Connecting Cities, Urban Lights Ruhr becomes a venue along with Berlin, Helsinki, Liverpool, Linz, Madrid, and Budapest, among others. In/Visible City 2015 shows large-scale visualizations of the complex invisible processes of our smart cities, presented to a broad public on urban screens und media facades.
Modern cities are hybrid structures in which technology is interwoven into daily life in an invisible way and on a variety of different perceptual planes. With this year’s theme of INVISIBLE and VISIBLE CITIES, Connecting Cities takes the changes taking place in our cities through digital technology as its point of departure. We are made aware of the way in which today, in real time, we generate and process data, direct processes, and bring into everyday life multi-layered interactions between various different levels of perception that we can no longer perceive with the naked eye.