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 currently runs as a series of talks & workshops, which brings together people who reveal the characteristics, which define urban governance and illustrate new approaches to civic life.  In presenting such works, Urban Knights aims to provoke different ways of experiencing and thinking about how we perceive, live and organise our current and future urban societies.

Urban Knights is directed by: Teresa Dillon: polarproduce.org 


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



Dublin: Web design: Design: Web: Ruža Lenko & Freddie Stevens. Programming: Ingmar Standke. Web Content: Teresa Dillon. Print: Freddie Stevens. Marketing and promotions: Science Gallery. Video documentary: Matt Boyd. Image documentary: Freddie Stevens. Partners: Science Gallery. Thanks: Ruža Leko, Freddie Stevens,  Fionn Kidney, Shaun O’Boyle, Roisin McGann & Lucy Whitaker

Berlin: Marketing and promotions: Sveta Kuzmenko & Irene Kotnik. Print: Irene Kotnik. Video documentary: Peter Baumann. Image documentary: Van Black. Partners: BetaHaus & Studio Weise7. Thanks: Peer Warnke, Stefano Losa & Madeline Gummer at Betahaus; Danja Vasiliev engineer & chef, Studio Weise7; Andre Wakko & Paulo at SomoS Gallery


Berlin: 2014: Partners: Denekeri, LEAP, Transmediale & Studio Weise7. Thanks: Marina Sawall & Bazon Brock at Denekeri, John McKiernan at LEAP, Kristoffer Gansing & Linnea Kotiniemi at Transmediale

Vienna: 2014: Partners: Artistic Bokeh, quartier21 & Paradocks. Thanks: Nils Gabriel, Andrew Newman,  Matthias Tarasiewicz & Marianne Fobel at ArtisticBokeh; Margot Deerenberg at Paradocks and quartier 21 team.

Web icons: Nils Gabriel, Freddie Stevens. Web Programming: Ingmar Standke. Web content: Teresa Dillon


Berlin: 2015: Partners: 34A with venue management and co-host Yara Pascale Fuessel.

Vienna: 2015: Urbanize! Festival

Web icons: Nils Gabriel, Freddie Stevens. Web Programming: Ingmar Standke. Web content: Teresa Dillon


Berlin: 2016: 34A

Vienna: 2016: Artistic Bokeh

Aberdeen: 2016: Peacock Visual Arts, 17 Gallery

Web icons: Ruža Lenko, Freddie Stevens,  Nils Gabriel : Web Programming: Ingmar Standke. Web content: Teresa Dillon




Urban Knights places emphasis on practice and real-world situations, rather than theory or hypothesis. At each event speakers present and discuss their work for 10-mins, followed by questions and conversations with the audience. Each event last two hours and in keeping presentations short, the aim is to introduce 1-2 key elements that relate to the work and provide time for meeting the speakers and audience members.

Venue & Booking: 2016

Places are limited. Booking  required.

Book for all events via EventBrite. Go to Where and When for venue locations.