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.
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.
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.
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.
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.