Media Barrios: MIT Jerusalem 2050 Project
Research on Leveraging New Media and Arts for Urban Renewal in Jerusalem
The Media Barrios initiative, sponsored by the MIT Jerusalem 2050 Project, seeks to leverage new media and the arts as sources of urban renewal in Jerusalem, by fostering cultural expression, social cohesion, economic development, and creative activism. Our mission is to create new spaces for civic engagement through physical sites for the production of media arts, virtual online networks, and innovative discursive forums.
We focus on the development of interconnected community media/arts centers in impoverished areas of East Jerusalem and disenfranchised neighborhoods cut off from the city by the separation barrier or Wall, and the linking of these centers to other media/arts initiatives in Israel-Palestine and the Middle East region. We consider new opportunities for engagement with media and the arts in Jerusalem through workshops, trainings, and institutes, as well as through festivals, exhibits, online activities, and creative use of public spaces for performance.
In addition to strengthening and re-connecting communities in Jerusalem, we envision Media Barrios as potential spaces for cultural and socio-economic development. By examining case studies of urban renewal through the arts in other divided cities, such as Berlin and Belfast, we hope such Media Barrios can be developed to support positive change both in the city of Jerusalem and in the broader region through 2050.
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