In 2020, as a response to this challenging time for the artistic and cultural environment, nine members of the Media Arts Network of the UNESCO Creative Cities: Austin (United States), Braga (Portugal), Cali (Colombia), Changsha (China), Guadalajara (Mexico), Karlsruhe (Germany), Kosice (Slovakia), Sapporo (Japan), and York (United Kingdom), have joined forces to support artists from their cities.

09 Dec. 2020
09 Dec. 2020

In September, an open call invited artists in each city to submit their ideas for collaboration on the theme of 'Human Responsibility'. The selected artists each received a €1,000 scholarship to develop digital artworks, working remotely with an artist selected by one of the other cities.

The artist selected to represent the city of Braga was the musician João Carlos Pinto. He was invited to collaborate with Sarah Degenhardt, the winning artist from the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. 

On December 10th, the final digital pieces, which resulted from the online collaboration between the selected artists, will be presented in a virtual gallery, at the link: .

On the same day, at 02:00 pm (Portugal), there will be an official online inauguration of the virtual gallery, which will be attended, via Zoom, by representatives of the nine participating Creative Cities, including the Mayor of Braga, Dr. Ricardo Rio, as well as UNESCO representatives and Professor Peter Weibel, Director of the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. The event will be live-streamed on the Braga Media Arts Facebook page:


Human Responsibility

The theme "Human Responsibility" aims to reflect on the impact of human activity on the planet and the importance of art and empathy for a more responsible use of technology. Each pair of artists started from three main questions, trying to answer them with their works.

- Does technology have the ability to solve all the problems in the future?

- Are we allowed to make decisions on behalf of the planet?

- Do we need more arts and empathy to be able to use technology in a more responsible way?