In the second part of our Slum series, Elmo Gonzaga probes the ethics of journalistic, cinematic, and gamified images of informal settlements in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.Read More
How have slums been represented onscreen? In the first installment of a three-part series, Igor Krstić considers the history of the cinematic representation of slums and examines the capacity of visual media to portray the complex relationships between capitalism and urban development.Read More
Malini Guha discusses how IsumaTV’s exhibition at the 2019 Venice Art Biennale manifests notions of infrastructural media sovereignty.Read More
In this installment of the Mediapolis Q&A, Angelo Restivo interviews Ofer Eliaz about his new book Cinematic Cryptonomies: The Absent Body in Postwar Film.Read More
Anna Sborgi discusses the recent University College London symposium on the essay film and the urban, concentrating on the form’s potential to depict socially marginal positions as well as capital’s embedding in the city.Read More
David Seamon explores urbanist Jane Jacobs as a phenomenologist, pointing to her understanding of neighborhoods a place-grounded choreography facilitated by interacting physical and human features and processes.Read More
Daryl Meador explores how the cinematography, soundscape, and generic context of Texas in The Last Picture Show not only evoke alienation but articulate it to settler colonialism.Read More
In this issue’s Global Public Art column, Caitlin Bruce discusses her Hemispheric Conversations Urban Art Project, which connects post-industrial cities across the US/Mexico border and offers new ways of producing and engaging graffiti and mural-making.Read More
Anushka Robinson explores Aki Kaurismäki’s take on migration, Fortress Europe, northern France, and community ties through theories of childhood and affiliation.Read More
David Chan brings several theories of the archive to bear on the recent documentary Shirkers, asking how the film’s openness as a text and mission of collecting a lost film relate to the specificities of place and embodied difference that gave rise to the project.Read More
Cedric Bobro traces the linguistics roots of surveillance and the fantasy of the omnipotent view through ghosts and AI to the modern surveillance apparatus.Read More
Mathilde Fauteux explores the political spaces of Janelle Monáe’s work, concentrating on both the diegetic spaces that make up her recent projects and the transmedia spaces those projects occupy and create.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.