WHAT IS IT?
A unique collaboration between public service broadcasting, cutting edge giant video technology and the custodians of Britain’s leading urban environments. Public Space Broadcasting represents a world leading media experiment.
Take the latest twenty-five square metre day-light digital videos screen, package it with a computer controlled audio system, connect it to the global broadcast network and install it in the heart of the UK’s major cities and towns. Programme it, 24 hours a day, with relays of major broadcast events, news, sport, music, documentaries and much more. Enrich the mix with a ‘City Diary’ listings service, a continuous ‘ticker’ of news and sports headlines, and then add a programme of local events and partnerships with community arts and media groups. Spice it further still, with interactive facilities enabling the audience to text their comments and photo-images to the screen or even play al fresco games.
Role of Urban Screen?
Objective of an Urban Screen
"Where screens are planned and sired appropriately, they have the potential to contribute positivley to spaces and could support regeneration and Community activity"
It is built into the human psyche to gather together to engage and discuss the events and issues that have been experienced that day.
In history, this manifested itself around the Village pump where people gathered to collect water but to also exchange their experiences and views.
Later, as the social horizon changed, the pump spawned the ‘notice board’ which in turn spawned the ‘local newspaper’. The social need to gather became confined to festivals, sporting events and national celebrations.
The urban Spectacular provides a 21st century take on the original village pump. Accessible to all, providing a focal point for communities to engage in national, regional and local issues and events.
Our goal is to provide a sustainable solution to meet the demands of the Urban Spectacular.
The key objectives are:
Whilst the screen is managed and scheduled centrally, the host city will have control and input into the local content directly and the national content via regular programme reviews.