Anna Viola Sborgi considers how recent documentary films reconfigure porosity as permeability, and reflects on questions of social inclusion in the city under lockdown.
Erin Schlumpf thinks through the spatial politics of slow cinema and orders to shelter in place.
Annie Dell’Aria discusses screen media’s potential to make both public space and private space—during times of social distancing—more porous.
Carrie Rentschler explores urban porosity via a feminist infrastructural focus on key points of transfer and transit in the city that activists target for change using a range of aesthetic and political strategies
Sabine Haenni’s introduction to the second round explores pores as media, biology, and as form.
Carrie Rentschler on feminist and anti-racist practices in the porous urban spaces and surfaces of chalking, graffiti, and postering
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
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.”
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.
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.