Mark Shiel considers some historical precedents for the current moment.
Stan Corkin discusses Trump’s affinity with televisuality and the dangers of the reality effect.
Caitlin Bruce identifies the polyrhythmic nature of the city as a potent model for resistance to the Trump administration’s tactics, and to anti-urban representations of the city as population instead of populace.
Sabine Haenni fills in the “points of warmth” on her migration map with examples of local resistance and local cinemas.
Johan Andersson considers the relationship between Trump’s rhetoric and the anti-urban themes of the contemporary war film.
Managing Editors Erica Stein and Brendan Kredell kick off the second phase of From the Editors’ Desk by asking what role media and the city can play in an effective response to the rapid pace of change.
Beyond acting as lightning rod for continued social and political divisions today, might there also be other cultural shifts related to monuments and memorials in public space at play? Recent literature on the contemporary memorial landscape from the field of art history engages with the shifting terrain of public feeling and performative utterances in the increasingly mediated contemporary city, analyzing both its pitfalls and its strengths in countering the presumed monolithic power of the monument.Read More
Welcome to the first installment of “From the Archive,” a new recurring section highlighting archival-based scholarship and practice in urban media studies. To start things off, Floris Paalman discusses how the ideas of “database cinema” informed the curation of the Extended City Symphony Program at EYE Filmmuseum’s ResarchLab.Read More
In this conclusion to her two-part look at the Grenfell crisis, Anna Viola Sborgi examines the aftermath of a crisis and the ways in which activists have and have not been successful in ensuring continued focus on the underlying issues.Read More
Alessio Kolioulis examines the work of GAIKA – music, videos, and films – and explores the critiques of surveillance and state control running throughout.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.