Rotterdam is a city with major differences in socio-economic position, cultural background, and lifestyle. However, discourse regarding the city is often dominated by a focus on the socio-economic status of citizens, portraying areas as disadvantaged, while positive values are overlooked. Cultural diversity, resilience and a high level of informal networks and services in these areas have given way to initiatives in sports, culture, and entrepreneurship of (inter)national significance.
Super diverse cities deserve a super diverse perspective, which acknowledges and embraces both differences as well as similarities. There is a compelling need for a more sophisticated view on values in various urban areas and communities, especially the next generation. Young people growing up in the city deserve a positive, inclusive and stigma-free representation of their area with which they can identify. With AICON we offer an alternative perspective on values. Co-creating data-driven AI-art will highlight, showcase, and discuss aspects that make citizens proud, regardless of whether the area is considered poor or wealthy in the traditional sense.