The former French Concession in Shanghai has become a key destination for tourists and social media influencers. Chensi Shen investigates the area’s cultural symbolism and its new status as an urban-digital landscape.
In this essay, Madeline Dippel, a student at Indiana University, considers how public screens shape architecture and engagement, particularly when the spectacular lights of the screens are "turned off" creating both sensibilities of enchantment and disenchantment.
In this essay, Keenan Lacy-Rhodes, a student at Indiana University, discusses the ways in which large public screens communicate and constitutes a global, commercial elite, further exacerbating inequalities within Hong Kong and Shanghai.
In this essay, Maggie Farwig, a student at Indiana University, considers the ways in which screens manifest in the practices of everyday life in both ordinary and spectacular ways, creating both connections and disconnections and blurring relations between public and private.
In this essay, Calvin Badger, a student at Indiana University, analyzes the extent to which individuals can express agency vis a vis public screens in Shanghai and Hong Kong, considering the ways in which those screens are bound up with relations of power in the city.
In this essay, Naomi Farahan, a student at Indiana University, analyzes ways in which public screens in Shanghai and Hong Kong work as forms of enchantment, questioning precisely for whom this enchantment is intended.
In this essay, Kyle Winkel, a student at Indiana University, considers the ways in which advertisers utilize light art and technology as a way to captivate increasingly desensitized passerby in public screen spectacles in urban Hong Kong.
In this essay, Myalisa Miroballi, a student at Indiana University, discusses the ways in which screen culture pervades the streets of Hong Kong and Shanghai in ways that constitute the cities as aspirational global consumer hubs.