About the exhibition

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The City | Data | Future exhibition presents a series of visions depicting what it might be like to live in a near future city saturated with data. Each piece will question what this might mean for our changing relationship with the city and its citizens.

What might it mean to live in a city where everything is measured, and crowdsourced opinion holds sway? How might this affect our own judgment in the face of such quantification and what does this mean for the creation and consumption of personal data?

Will the city of the future protect us or will it monitor us? Will it provide shelter so that we can decide with whom we share our most intimate thoughts? As we reflect on the value we place on data, what new rituals might emerge around our need to share?

Welcome to the Hybrid City of all our futures.

The exhibition is showing nine works. Five works were initiated at the UrbanIxD summer school, held last year in Split: Aurora, the Aura City; Aural Fixation; Future Cloud is Buried; Ministry of Misinformation (MoMi); and Coordination of Urban Busy Areas (CUBA). Two works have been curated for the City | Data | Future exhibition: Chupan Chupai, by Factory Fifteen, produced by Liam Young; and Blackspot by Tobias Revell, taken from The Monopoly of Legitimate Use trilogy. Eutropia design fiction and BetaCity have been directly commissioned for the UrbanIxD exhibition from the Arts Academy in Split and Edinburgh Napier University.

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Aurora shows the city of the future based on the new karmic economy. Project Aural Fixation speculates on citizens’ relationship toward data collected by the hybrid city. CUBA presents a scenario questioning a new economy, based on optimizing the use of the public space of the city. What might happen in the future, with our data stored in the cloud, through digital archeology speculates the Future Cloud design fiction. MoMI shows possible scenarios of hacking the city, from the position of a grassroots movement.


Chupan Chupai talk about children’s play which, through hacking the city, reveals the hidden and forgotten spaces of the hybrid city of the eastern world. Blackspot questions the position of the individual in the networked city of near future, looking for the hidden spot of privacy. Eutropia questions the new economic and utopian social welfare systems based on trade with personal information of the citizens. BetaCity interactive installation sets the question whether it is possible to maintain anonymity in a city that constantly collects information about its citizens.


Concept, texts, setup and website

  • Ivica Mitrović, University of Split, Croatia
  • Oleg Šuran, University of Split, Croatia
  • Michael Smyth, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Ingi Helgason, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

UrbanIxD Partners

  • Michael Smyth, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Martin Brynskov, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Gianluca Zaffiro, Telecom Italia, Italy
  • Ivica Mitrović, University of Split, Croatia

Exhibition equipment design

Exhibition photos

  • UrbanIxD
  • Vicko Vidan
  • Mario Javorčić