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Playable City Weekend – Seoul 2017

The Project 

Over two days in downtown Seoul, Playable City will host a suite of specially created Urban Games during the Seoul Architecture Biennale. This mini festival of Urban Play will invite the public to explore and reimagine public space along and surrounding the Cheonggyecheon Stream in downtown Seoul. Based around the themes of the Connected City for the British Council Korea Season, the games will facilitate members of the public to explore their environment in new and exciting ways.

In line with the goals of the overall Connected City, the overall experience delivered over the two days will; develop and create new digitally enabled participatory works where general audiences and local communities are engaged, connect citizens to their city in new ways, re-imagine new scenarios of use for well know areas, encourage more walking in the city; as well as contribute to placemaking and wellbeing in the city centre.

The Process

Following an Open Call seven local creatives will be chosen to create seven brand new participatory Urban Games for the event. Seven Korean Artists will be commissioned  to create specially designed games for the event. To ensure quality games and experiences for participants of the Connected City, all the artists will be mentored by Playable City Producers and Associates throughout the process, who together combine many years expertise in creating unique experiences for the public to explore, reimagine, and reconnect to familiar sites.

Open Call

Watershed and the British Council seek five professionals to design and host Urban Games for the Playable City Seoul Weekender in October 2017. We are looking for creative, ambitious, curious people from any discipline who believe we can start a new kind of city conversation through play.

Over two days in downtown Seoul, Playable City® Weekender will invite the public to explore, reimagine and reconnect to public space surrounding the Cheonggyecheon Stream in downtown Seoul through a suite of specially designed Urban Games. The Playable City Weekender is part of Connected City in the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.


We are looking for five Seoul-based creatives with an open, rigorous and experimental approach, who are willing to produce work that is exposed, tested and investigated as it is developed.

Participants may be artists, designers, architects, urbanists, magicians, interaction designers, technologists or other kinds of creative practitioners who can demonstrate a history of delivering high quality, innovative professional practice.

Fo details of how to apply please download the Applicant Information

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