In 2020, the city of Košice and Creative Industry Košice, together with other UNESCO Creative Cities of Media Arts, created a unique opportunity for cooperation between artists and artists teams from around the world. In this way, we want to mark our commitment to the importance of cooperation and support art and creativity as major forces for sustainable development in these times of uncertainty.
The project's goal is to encourage artists to work collaboratively online and contribute to the emergence of new digital art. We are committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically the role of creativity and culture in building sustainable urban communities. Our goal is to promote the excellence of practice in media arts, share our knowledge and skills, encourage the public and other professionals to engage in creative practices, foster sector development, and raise the profile of the work of the UNESCO Creative Cities.
Selected participants work for a few months in pairs or in a team – City to City – on a digital artwork that responds to the current topic. While in the first year, the final works were united by the theme of Human Responsibility, in 2021, the artists focused on the theme of PLAY!
The final works are shared on digital platforms and presented during festivals in the UNESCO Creative Cities of Media Arts, including at the Art & Tech Days festival in Košice.
The third year of international virtual collaboration brought together the cities of Košice and Austin. They created their joint media output, Born & Raised on the topic of Behavioral Change, and presented it as part of the City to City exhibition during Art & Tech Days and Conference 2022.
- Born & Raised – Mišo Hudák (Košice), Faiza Kracheni (Austin)
The second year of international collaboration between artists was called City to City 2021: Play! Thirteen artists created 5 unique works in which they thought about how we can use technology to be able to play again.
- PlaceHolder – Ivana Durkáčová (Košice), Luciano Rodriguez Arredondo (Guadalajara)
- BLUR – Jorge Ramos (Braga), Julien Gaillac (Enghien-les-Bains), Anna Kim (Gwangju)
- The Portal – Yilin Wang (Changsha), Mauricio Díaz (Cali), Miyki Oka (Sapporo)
- told-hold – Taeheon Lee (York), Meiyan Chen (Karlsruhe), ARCOS (Austin)
- Highwave – Manuel Alejandro Jiménez Reyes (Toronto)
Thanks to the City to City 2020: Human Responsibility initiative, ten artists working in pairs have created five works responding to critical questions on human responsibility.
- Reminiscence Path– Beáta Kolbašovská (Košice, Slovakia) and Junichi Oguro (Sapporo, Japan)
- LIMBO – João Carlos Pinto (Braga, Portugal) and Sarah Degenhardt (Karlsruhe, Germany)
- Cartography of the Stain – Gerardo Nolasco (Karlsruhe, Germany) and Paris Díaz (Guadalajara, Mexico)
- Water Mirrors – Daniel Escobar (Calí, Columbia) and Mike Stubbs (York, UK)
- Margin of Error – Biin Shen (Changsha, China) and Liz Rodda (Austin, USA)