Four years ago, the Italian National Amateur Film Archive in Bologna was able to collect audiovisual materials (film and analog videos) from Bologna’s radical political scene of the late eighties and early nineties. What does it mean to archive radical records?Read More
Roberto Cavallini mounts a case for Rouch and Morin’s Chronique d’un été as an essay filmRead More
Thomas Elsaesser reconsiders some of Wim Wenders films through the lens of the city and the essay, discovering new dialogic and self-reflexive qualities within them.Read More
Iván Villarmea Álvarez explores the perspectives that local and outsider filmmakers bring to the essay film.Read More
Brenda Hollweg shows how Taste of Cement, part of the recent global growth of the essay film, explores Beirut through the perspective of its migrant workforce, unearthing the city’s history and role in regional conflicts, as well as flows of labor.Read More
Is the critical gaze on the city always a wandering gaze? Laura Rascaroli works through questions of usage and explores how the essay film thinks through its practices.Read More
[Ed. note: this post is part of a Roundtable discussion on “The Essay Film and The City.” For more background on the discussion and…Read More
Our Mediapolis Live series continues with part two of an interview with Dora Apel, author of “Beautiful Terrible Ruins: Detroit and the Anxiety of Decline.” Here, she and Mediapolis co-editor Brendan Kredell discuss the legacies of Henry Ford and Coleman Young in contemporary Detroit, and the critique of “creative class” urban planning.Read More
Our Mediapolis Live series continues with an interview with Dora Apel, author of “Beautiful Terrible Ruins: Detroit and the Anxiety of Decline.” In the first of a two-part series, co-editor Brendan Kredell discusses with Apel her notion of the “deindustrial sublime” and the nomenclature of ruin photography.Read More
Mark Broughton and Sophia Satchell-Baeza report from Kings College London on the “1968 and Its Legacies” symposium, reflecting on the history – and historiography – of the Long Sixties and tensions between activism and academia.Read More
In part two of the Mediapolis Q+A, Lawrence Webb continues his conversation with Tim Lawrence about the history of dance music culture in New York City.Read More
Tim Lawrence is author of three groundbreaking books on the history of dance music culture in New York City. He sits down with Lawrence Webb to discuss the importance of space and place to writing music history, the extraordinary cultural fertility of New York, and the convergences between disco, punk, and hip-hop in the early 1980s.Read More
Moving-image installations and media architecture have recently given renewed currency to established notions of dispositif, apparatus, and spectatorship. These concepts have allowed for new inquiries into the relationships among screens, viewers, and space in the urban context. In this Polished Panel, the participants use close analyses of peripheral practices of projection to illuminate the centrality of architecture to spectatorial experience.
Mediated cityscapes often reinforce the stigma associated with devalued areas and the underprivileged, yet can also undermine dominant perceptions and counter misrepresentations of place. In this Polished Panel, the participants map that tension that emerges between real and represented places, using a spatial approach to race to trace formal and industrial practices that create meaningful linkages among spaces, places, and bodies.
Of all popular film genres, horror perhaps makes the most consistent and flexible use of space. This use maps out landscapes of power, repression, and displacement. In this Polished Panel, the participants propose to use horror as a map of gentrification and its spectre of racialized violence.