Artist:Mediating Cityscapes Conference


The ‘Mediating Cityscapes’ conference, which focuses on creative and artistic responses to the mediated cityscape, runs from the 24th to the 26th of September.

"If urban space has historically been defined by the relation between static structures and mobile subjects, this dichotomy is fast giving way to hybrid spatialities characterized by dynamic flows which not only dissolve the fixity of traditional modes of spatial enclosure, but problematize the unified presence of the subject traversing their contours." - Scott McQuire, The Media City (2008)

As Scott McQuire suggests, the contemporary city is marked by a number of tensions found between fixity and flow and the resulting hybrid spatialities which are shaped by a multifarious range of mediations. Historically, certain of these mediations, such as film, photography, music, art, and more recently, mobile and locative media, have helped shape the diverse strata which compose both the material and immaterial dimensions of the contemporary city. In form, and as practices and discourses, they have also afforded opportunities to critically engage with and creatively intervene in the city. The conference program includes papers and presentations by academics, artists and practitioners that consider the multiple ways in which various media (film, music, photographic, digital, etc.), creative practices, and technologies put in to play a diverse array of encounters and interfaces that engage with, interrupt, reconstitute, or resist the hybrid spatialities which define the contemporary cityscape.

The conference is organized by Dr Geoff Stahl, Senior Lecturer School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.

Catherine Adamek, Özge Özdüzen, Thomas Richard Houlton, Anna Notaro, Judith Collard, Zlatan Krajina, Alexandra Smith, Heather Zwicker, Tommaso Durante, Payal Arora, David Avishy, Licia Calvi, Rhythma Kapoor, Paul Buchanan, Chee Keng Lee, Rafael Bienia, Gregor Campbell, Helen Grace, Benjamen Judd, Mingtsung Lee, Geoff Stahl.


Tuesday September 24th

Morning Tea & Welcome: 9:30-10:30

Session 1: 10:30-12:00

1) Social Protests and the Creative Class: Notes From Tel Aviv, Israel
David Avishay (UMASS, Amherst, United States)

2) Overlaying and Intersecting Cityscapes: Teju Cole’s Practice of the Palimpsest
Alexandra Smith (University of Sydney, Australia)

3) The Global Imaginary: An Inquiry on the Aesthetics of Change in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia
Tommaso Durante (RMIT, Australia)

Lunch: 12:00-1:30

Session 2: 1:30-2:30

1) “YEG Long Day”: A Crowd-Sourced Experiment in Digital Storytelling
Heather Zwicker (University of Alberta, Canada)

2) Ramblings
Benjamen Judd (University of Western Sydney,

Coffee Break: 2:30-3:00

Session 3: 3:00-4:00

1) Rur-urbanscapes of the Global South: A Digital and Creative Interplay of Geographies
Payal Arora (Erasmus University, Netherlands)

2) Thinking About Augmented Reality
Rafael Biena (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

Welcome Drinks (TBA): 5:00 PM 


Wednesday September 25th:

Morning Tea: 10:00-10:30

Session 4: 10:30-12:00

1) Biorhythmanography: Self-Reflection and Public Space Projection
Helen Grace (National Central University, Taiwan)

2) Invisible Screens
Zlatan Krajina (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

3) Mediating Cityscapes: The Case of the Sugar Factory in Breda
Licia Calvi (Breda University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands)

Lunch: 12:00-1:30

Session 5: 1:30-2:30

1) The New Urban Film Festival Audience in Istanbul: Film Festivals as Liminal Spaces of Moviegoing
Özge Özdüzen (Edge Hill University, United Kingdom)

2) The Festivalization of Berlin
Geoff Stahl (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

Coffee Break: 2:30-3:00

Session 6: 3:00- 4:30

1) Performing the Media City: Experience, Emotion and Exploration
Anna Notaro (University of Dundee, United Kingdom)

2) Reimagining the Metropolis: Conceptualizing Sense of Place in the Context of Expatriate Blogs
Rhythma Kapoor (Erasmus University, Netherlands)

3) Finding the City of Affect in Detroit
Gregor Campbell (University of Guelph, Canada)

Drinks: 5:00 PM (TBA)

Dinner: 6:30 PM (TBA) 


Thursday September 26th:

Morning Tea: 10:30-11:00

Session 7: 11:00-12:30

1) Monuments as Mediators: ‘Stolperstein’, ‘Places of Remembrance’ and ‘The Pansy Project’
Thomas Richard Houlton (University of Sussex, United Kingdom)

2) Mistifying the Stat(e)ic of Cityscapes: Reimagining and Reactivating the City’s Narrative
Chee Keng Lee (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

3) Neil Emmerson's '[habit@t]: Queering Public Spaces
Judith Collard (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Lunch: 12:30-1:30

Session 8: 1:30-2:30

1) Time, Place, Space and Techno: Adelaide, the Detroit of Australia
Catherine Adamek (University of South Australia, Australia)

2) The Cultural Hybridization of Taipei's Cityscapes of Consumption
Mingtsung Lee (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
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