The ‚black box‘ refers to a system or device whereby the transfer characteristics (the input/output) maybe known or visible but the internal workings & influences upon these characteristics is unknown.

Contemporary cities are increasingly becoming like a black box.

Urban Knights runs as a series of talks & workshops, which brings together people who reveal the characteristics, which define urban governance and/or present new approaches to civic life and city futures.


Urban Knights is supported through host institutions and venues within each country. The hosts support the promotion, marketing and production of each event and without their input and collaboration Urban Knights would not be possible.

Urban Knights is organised and directed by artist, researcher and Professor of City Futures, UWE: Teresa Dillon: polarproduce.org. 


2019: Berlin, Partners: 34A: Bristol Partners: DCRC/UWE, South West Creative Technology Network: Thanks: Nick Triggs, Melissa Blackburn, Fozia Ismail, Jo Kimber and Rachael Burton. Funders/Supporters: South West Creative Technology Network.

2018: Berlin, Partners: 34A: Bristol and London Partners: DCRC/UWE, Pervasive Media Studio, Arnolfini and Company Drinks: India Partners: Toxic Link: Thanks: Nick Triggs, Kate Rich, Katherine Bohm. Funders+Supporters: Arts and Humanities Research Council, Radmin, DCRC, University of the West of England.

2017: Berlin, Partners: 34A. Bristol, Partners:  Spike Island, Contemporary Arts Centre. Thanks: Helen Legg, Georgia Hall, Kelly Wyse. Funders+Supporters: DCRC, University of the West of England. 

2016: Berlin, Partners: 34A. Aberdeen, Partners: Peacock Visual Arts, 17 Gallery. Bristol, Partners: Digital Cultural Research Centre (DCRC), University of the West of England. Thanks: Nick Triggs, Mandy Rose, Angela Lennon, Lindsay Gordon, Kelly Wyse, Lydia Goolia. Funders+Supporters: Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen City Council & Year of Architecture, Scotland and the DCRC, University of the West of England.

2015. Berlin, Partners: 34A with venue management and co-host Yara Pascale Fuessel. Vienna, Partners: Urbanize! Festival. Thanks: Kat Anderson,  Lydia Goolia. Funders+Supporters: Irish Embassy Berlin and Vienna and Urbanize! Festival.

2014. Berlin, Partners: Denekeri, LEAP, Transmediale & Studio Weise7. Vienna, Partners: Partners: Artistic Bokeh, quartier21 & Paradocks.Thanks: Marina Sawall & Bazon Brock at Denekeri, John McKiernan at LEAP, Kristoffer Gansing & Linnea Kotiniemi at Transmediale, Nils Gabriel, Andrew Newman,  Matthias Tarasiewicz & Marianne Fobel at ArtisticBokeh; Margot Deerenberg at Paradocks and quartier 21 team.

2013. Dublin, Partners: Science Gallery. Print: Freddie Stevens. Marketing and promotions: Science Gallery. Video documentary: Matt Boyd. Image documentary: Freddie Stevens. Berlin, Partners: BetaHaus & Studio Weise7. Marketing and promotions: Sveta Kuzmenko & Irene Kotnik. Print: Irene Kotnik. Video documentary: Peter Baumann. Image documentary: Van Black. Thanks: Peer Warnke, Stefano Losa & Madeline Gummer at Betahaus; Danja Vasiliev engineer & chef, Studio Weise7; Andre Wakko & Paulo at SomoS Gallery, Science Gallery, Dublin team, Ruža Leko, Freddie Stevens,  Fionn Kidney, Shaun O’Boyle, Roisin McGann & Lucy Whitaker and Dublin City Council, The Studio team. Funders+Supporters: Dublin City Council, Science Gallery Dublin, PLACES, a Framework 7 project by the European Commission.

Web credits: Original graphics and icons: Ruža Lenko and Freddie Stevens. Additional graphic support:  Nils Gabriel, Tom Metcalfe and CityStudio, Bristol: Web Programming: Ingmar Standke. Wireframes and content: Teresa Dillon

Special thanks: To all the people who have presented at Urban Knights and to our audiences for their ongoing support.



Urban Knights is a salon style event, where current urban affairs and real-world issues are discussed in an intimate setting between host, speakers and audience.  At each event speakers share their work for 10-15 mins, followed by questions and conversations with the audience. Each event last two-half hours, with the aim that in keeping presentations short, speakers and audience members.


Urban Knights currently runs as a free event, given this places are limited and booking is required.

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