Situationist Anniversary Weekend
Lecture and participatory art event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Situationist movement

-Situationism in Britain: A Lecture
Thu 26 Jul 2007, 6-8pm
B2b One, Urbis

Take a look at the British connection with one of the twentieth century's most controversial and confrontational art movements. Learn of its connection with the Sex Pistols and the Hacienda and hear about modern day leading situationists.

-Crowdmapping with Shaping Systems Corp.
Sat 28 and Sun 29 Jul 2007
Around the city and the building, Urbis

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Situationist Movement, Urbis proudly presents a very unusual experiment in association with Bob Dickinson. This special event gives you the chance to assist in a unique experiment: to map the behaviour of a Saturday morning shopping crowd. Volunteers are eagerly invited to don white lab coats and gather vital information from the shoppers, to be processed overnight and presented as a public report and shareholders' meeting on the Sunday.

The crowd has always been at the heart of the city, living in it, consuming its products, enjoying its landscapes, moving through it and around it. Come and help us capture the crowd.

Places are limited. If you'd like to take part, please email your details to
s.austin@urbis.org.uk to be issued with more information about the experiment.

See also:
PLAY: Experience the Adventure of Our Cities

Exhibition continues until Sun 9 Sep 2007
Levels 3 & 4, Urbis  

From evening tango classes in the square in Buenos Aires, to Mah-jong games in Hanoi, from skateboarding on the Left Bank in London to elaborate pavement drawings in New York City, the people of the world have transformed the streets, squares, buildings and alleyways of our cities into exciting spaces where different forms of PLAY take place every day.

E xperience firsthand the creative ways in which we use the city as a stage, a gallery, a studio, a greenhouse and of course, an enormous playground. Explore the eccentric and the creative ways we play in our city here in Manchester and across the globe and start thinking about your city in an entirely new way.