Sensing The City

A project lead by Eva Bubla within the (UN)COMMON SPACES project

The city unfolds itself to us through our senses. We explore our environment, its rhythm, atmosphere, texture, as well as its current condition, the impact of our individual and social practices through sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.

The projects of SENSING THE CITY, a program series which was launched in 2021, have been addressing urgent environmental issues through small-scale, experimental artistic interventions. Appearing in public spaces, involving agents of urban life, engaging our various senses, these artistic projects create an inclusive space for creation and knowledge transfer, for research and raising questions, for identity formation and an opportunity for inner renewal, or simply a platform for experiencing the changing spatial experience. As such, the term “sensing” has a double meaning, as it refers to both the physical perception of the city (the reaction of the body) and the active sensitization of urban locations with the presence of the body.

SENSING THE CITY is the artistic-curatorial project of Eva Bubla in collaboration with Artopolis Foundation (HU) to develop a program series at PLACCC Festival which focuses on urban environmental issues. 

Artists and experts participating in the program:

Fuzzy Earth: Not Quite California Wonder

Collateral event: Possible alternatives to agricultural production and the producer-consumer relationship

Speakers: artists and Orsolya Lazányi, ecological economist and co-founder of Cargonomia

Moderator: Viktória Lay, radio program editor and reporter

Katalin Kortmann-Járay - Bálint Katona - András Kaprinyák: Fireworks

Collateral event: Waste Management and Circular Economy

Speakers: artists and Gábor Kanozsai, Head of Department for Circular Economy at Municipal Public Services Co. Ltd, Sámson László, Director of Waste Management and Utilization

Moderator: Viktória Lay, radio program editor and reporter 

SVUNG: There is No End

Collateral event: The role of long-term artistic experimentation and creative practices in community building

Speakers: artists and Zselyke Molnos, biologist, psychologist, co-founder and director of the Ecopsychology Institute

Moderator: Marietta Mogyorósy, landscape architect, nature facilitator

MOME: Tolna Sound Garden (Tolnai Hangkert)

Collateral event: The role of long-term artistic experimentation and creative practices in community building, 5 September 2021

Speakers: artists involved and Flóra Madácsi, project manager of Rév8

Moderator: Ildikó Fazekas, design- and art manager


Artists and experts participating in the program:

Going Visiting at Népsziget 

by Nana Francisca Schottländer

Smellwalk by Eva Bubla in collaboration with Judit Szegő (Clean Air Action Group)

Collateral event: The relationship between air quality and urban green areas from scientific and artistic perspectives

Speakers: Eva Bubla and Judit Szegő

Moderator: Anett Mogyorósy, design- and art theorist, art therapist

Energy - Who Owns It? 

Public sharing by Seth Honnor artist, director, founder of Kaleider, and Kata Győri, expert of Energiaklub

A pic-nic in the pit 

by Leonardo Delogu at the Mátyás-hill quarry