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Playable City

Wednesday 12 July 2017 to Wednesday 16 August 2017
Seoul, Korea


Participant List
Bang & Lee
Borahm Kim
Eunkyung Lee & Minji Kim
Eunju Hitchcock-Yoo
Sookyun Yang
Sun-Jung Kim

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

Playable City will support, inspire and challenge five local creatives to develop playful interventions using creative technology to respond to the theme of Connected City - By the end of the programme participants will deliver a playable urban game for the Playable City Seoul Weekender at 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.


  • Applications open: 12 July 2017
  • Applications closed: 26 July 2017
  • Successful applicants notified by: 5 August 2017
  • Testing week: 5–9 September 2017 
  • Playable City Weekender: 27–29 October 2017

Introducing Connected City Project

Connected City

As a part of UK/Korea 2017–18 Creative Futures, Connected City is a project that could be developed into a platform for the general public to re-experience, re-explore and re-imagine the city we live in. Connected City Project in partnership with the Urban Regeneration Center of the Seoul Metropolitan Government  and Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, plan to introduce innovative practices of arts in public spaces through various arts forms and technologies. Its programmes include Musicity and Playable City (frameworks from the UK), Maker City, Performing City and Storytelling City, (new frameworks from Korea) and a city conference. They will take place over four days during October 2017.

What is a Playable City?

Playable City® puts people and play at the heart of the Future City. 

Playable City is a framework to think differently about the city, generating social dialogue by creating shared experiences through play. Visible, democratic, surprising, inclusive – it reuses the city infrastructure to create connections – person to person, person to city. By transforming city spaces into places of unexpected interaction the Playable City is a conversation starter towards the change we would like to see in our cities of the future.

About Watershed

Watershed is a cultural venue and producer developing cultural engagement, imagination and talent. We are based in Bristol, but place no boundaries on our desire to connect with artists and audiences in the wider world. We curate ideas, spaces and talent to enable artistic visions and creative collaborations to flourish. We produce work that cuts across film, media, music, theatre, design, visual art, and the creative and technology sectors. 

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