Kirk Boyle looks anew at The X-Files, finding in Mulder and Scully evidence of the coming of the post-industrial society.Read More
In this essay, Thomas Nail explores the history of sanctuary cities, and proposes the notion of migrant cosmpolitanism as a means of achieving the right to the city.Read More
In this second round of responses in the Experimental Media in the City roundtable, Holly Willis encourages us to consider how mediated cities and mediated selves provoke an ethics of the computational and the ethically mediated self, as opposed to an ethics of the visual.Read More
In this post, Aroussiak Gabrielian links Street View’s aesthetics to extant cinematic techniques to explore the potential of its abstractions for telling new stories about the city’s possible futures.Read More
Alison Wielgus returns to the sites of the BAFC to view them through Google’s digital maps and ask what still remains uncharted, and how mapping can be decoupled from older power structures in emerging media.Read More
In this introduction to the second series of posts from the roundtable on experimental media in the city, Swagato Chakravorty contends that the intermediations between city and self have created a crisis of representation.Read More
Malini Guha discusses a recent symposium on Asian Canadian identities and the spaces, nodes, and networks of diaspora.Read More
Joseph DeLeon continues his reporting on the proceedings of the 2017 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference with this recap of a panel discussion on media art in the city.Read More
Holly Willis explores Liam Young’s “speculative cinema,” showing how his work that integrates film, fiction, animation, marketing, games and documentary demonstrates an emergent cinematic form that defies generic boundaries whilst simultaneously reconfiguring the city.Read More
In this post, Aroussiak Gabrielian explores Google Street View as an experimental medium, asking how it offers us new narrative forms and new subjective possibilities for interacting with our environments.Read More
Joseph DeLeon offers this report on the “Animating Infrastructures” panel at the 2017 Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference.Read More
Alison Wielgus explores how the Black Audio Film Collective re-worked the techniques and ethics of classical city symphonies to produce politically engaged experimental works about the varied experiences of London’s communities of color.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.