Alex Kupfer explores how the promotional films for Disney’s Golden Oak community blur distinctions between resident and fan, employee and family memberRead More
Theo Stojanov discusses the arrival of the game industry in Montreal, and its marketing to new workers.Read More
Myles McNutt discusses how Los Angeles has been forced to rethink its approach to competing in a new television landscape characterized by mobile productionRead More
In the first-round introduction to our new Roundtable, Lawrence Webb uses the example of Amazon HQ2 to ask how urban corporate and residential relocation campaigns illuminate issues of citizenship and city branding, and poses questions to our participantsRead More
In our new “Screening Canada” column, Malini Guha reflects on world building as a politically progressive counter to nationalism at the recent Canadian and International Biennial.Read More
Floris Paalman takes a considered look at Thomas Elsaesser’s documentary Die Sonneninsel (The Sun Island). The construction of the European Central Bank on the site of Frankfurt’s former wholesale market – a building designed by Elsaesser’s grandfather, Martin – offers an opportunity to probe architectural and family history, in what Paalman terms “auto-media archaeology.”Read More
In our continuing look back at the year that was 2017, Hunter Vaughan reflects on Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale, and popular culture’s potential as a tool for social responsibility and engagement.Read More
Concluding our look back at the year that was 2017, Amy Corbin reflects on the lessons learned from an evening at the cinema, and the audience conversation after a screening of Jay Dockendorf’s Naz & Maalik.Read More
In our ongoing look at the year that was 2017, Nina Cartier calls our attention to a seemingly-ephemeral moment in the wake of one of the year’s biggest political surprises, exploring the racial and gender subtext of that time when Doug Jones taught us how to Dougie.Read More
When is a punch more than just a punch? In the next installment of our look back at the year that was, Nathan Holmes reflects on the “important semiotic damage” of a prominent white supremacist getting punched in the face with cameras rolling.Read More
Mediapolis opens the new year by looking at the one that’s just passed. Here, co-editor Brendan Kredell introduces the series and reflects on the changing tone of the journal in 2017.Read More
In this installment of our continuing series of conversations with authors of new books on cities and urban culture, reviews editor Noelle Griffis talks with Pamela Robertson Wojcik about her new book on the figure of the child in American urban film and fiction.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.