Germaine R. Halegoua leads a discussion with Rahul Mukherjee on his recent book Radiant Infrastructures: Media, Environment, and Cultures of Uncertainty.Read More
Scott Rodgers explores the novelties and continuities of emergent, very local uses of social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what they indicate about our deepening interdependencies with platforms.Read More
Will Straw analyzes nocturnal videos that reveal the scale of night-time cultures happening during the COVID-19 lockdown and the role of the pandemic in highlighting ongoing policy debates about urban lighting, urban noise, and spectacle.Read More
A group of interdisciplinary researchers from Monash University examines urban robotics as an emerging possibility for the colonization of public space due to the absence of humans in the lockdown city.Read More
Sigrid Merx and Nanna Verhoeff examine scenographic figurations of urban space in the physically distanced city to help us understand how protests and the pandemic have provoked questions and answers about how and for what public space can be used and by whom.Read More
In their introductory essay, dossier editors Dave Colangelo and Zach Melzer examine how the pandemic and BLM protests offer a lens into the makeup, visuality, and legibility of urban environments and their relationship with various forms of media.Read More
In this issue’s Mediapolis Q&A, film scholar Sushmita Banerji interviews Priya Jaikumar on her most recent book Where Histories Reside: India as Filmed Space.Read More
What are the potentials and pitfalls of the list in a moment of rebellion? Malini Guha looks at the cultural politics of the anti-racist film list in the context of Black Lives Matter.Read More
In “You are the Film I Started to Make but Never Finished,” Eleni Kalantzi exposes the inner thoughts and emotions of a student on what’s happening on the “outside.”Read More
Helen Morgan Parmett and Conn Holohan introduce this installment of Student Voices. First, Helen Morgan Parmett discusses the themes of her seminar course, “Culture in the Mediapolis,” from which student essays in the section are drawn. Morgan Parmett emphasizes the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic influenced the course and her students. Holohan then provides an introduction to the short films students’ submitted as part of the section’s special feature on student responses to the pandemic.Read More
Caitlyn Williams analyzes the film Crazy Rich Asians in conjunction with contemporary cultural policy efforts in Singapore that emphasize the creative economy.Read More
Stanley Nugent, an MA student in Film Production & Direction at The John Huston School of Film, N.U.I.G., explores the effect of the lockdown on their 18 year old son in the film “Springtime 2020.”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.