Dossier: Media and the Physically Distanced City

Dossier editors: Dave Colangelo and Zach Melzer

Introduction: Media and the Physically Distanced City (August 14, 2020)

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.

Mobilizing Inter-Mediacies: Reflections on Urban Scenographies in (Post-)Lockdown Cities (August 17, 2020)

Nanna Verhoeff and Sigrid Merx 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.

Robotic Logics of Public Space in the COVID Pandemic (August 20, 2020)

Shanti Sumartojo and a group of interdisciplinary researchers from Monash University examine urban robotics as an emerging possibility for the colonization of public space due to the absence of humans in the lockdown city.

COVID Nights (August 24, 2020)

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.