Public Dancing
Core Objectives
  1. Citizens and tourists of the city are to be motivated to dance and move together in public places through interactive music installations.
  2. Children, young people and elderly people should be connected through movement and dance
  3. With the use of socio-technical systems, people should dance together, against each other or internationally/cross-culturally.
  4. People from different cultures/countries will be brought together by non-verbal movement units through the use of socio-technical systems. 
Measures, Methods & Approaches
  1. Establishment of a local urban movement lab (LUMB) consisting of a circle of people related to dance, movement and event planning
  2. Cooperation with the city of Siegen and the senior citizens’ association AlterAktiv e.V.
  3. Implementation of qualitative semi-structured interview studies with the LUMB and other experts in the field of dance and performance
  4. Use of Participatory Design methods for the development of socio-technical systems
Opportunities & Challenges
  1. Promotion of movement through intercultural, intergenerational and integrative dances
  2. Fun with movement and dance in public space to promote health
  3. Fighting the loneliness of young and elderly people
  4. Strengthening the city centre through social hotspots
  5. Transforming abandoned or empty spaces into social places through socio-technical systems
  6. the development of participatory socio-technical systems
  7. Bringing people from other cities and countries together through (digital) dancing
Lessons learnt
  1. The understanding of “public” and “dance” is not clearly defined
  2. People do not think about health and technology when they think about public dance
  3. The organization of public dances depends on various factors
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