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[Commlist] New Book: Narrating the City: Mediated Representations of Architecture, Urban Forms and Social Life

Tue Mar 30 08:50:16 GMT 2021

Intellect is pleased to announce that */Narrating the City: Mediated Representations of Architecture/,/Urban Forms and Social Life/ <>*, edited by Ayşegül Akçay Kavakoğlu, Türkan Nihan Hacıömeroğlu and Lisa Landrum, is now available in ebook and hardback.

Analysing a variety of international films and, ultimately, placing them in dialogue with video art, photographic narratives and emerging digital image-based technologies, the contributions explore the expanding range of ‘mediated’ narratives of contemporary architecture and urban culture from both a media and a sociological standpoint. Each chapter presents an interesting critical approach to the diversity of topics with clear explanation of the contextual framework and methodology, and a consistent depth of analysis.

In the three sections of the book, authors underline the continual role of film and media in creating moving image narratives of the city, identifying how it creates cinematic – and ever more frequently digital – topographies of contemporary urban culture and architecture, re-presenting familiar cities, modes of seeing, cultures and social questions in unfamiliar ways. This filmic emphasis is placed into dialogue with a more diverse range of related visual media, which illustrates the overlaps between them and reveals how moving image technologies create unique visual topographies of contemporary urban culture and architecture.

In making this shift from the filmic to the new age of digital image making and alternative modes of image consumption, the book not only reveals new techniques of representation, mediation and the augmentation of sensorial reality for city dwellers; its emphasis on ‘narrative’ offers insights into critical societal issues. These include cultural identity, diversity, memory and spatial politics, as they are both informed by and represented in various media. The focus for the book is on how films can produce mediation of urban life and culture by connecting the notions of identity, diversity and memory. Both the subject and the approach are gaining in popularity in recent years. This book's main feature is its dual perspective, involving both practical and theoretical stances – and it is this approach that makes it a particularly relevant and original contribution.

/Narrating the City/ is the latest in Intellect's */Mediated Cities/* <> series.

*_Table of Contents
*Foreword *– /François Penz/
*Introduction:* Narrative Topographies of City and Urban Culture in Moving Images in the Age of Digitalization – /Ayşegül Akçay Kavakoğlu, T. Nihan Hacıömeroğlu and Lisa Landrum
*Part I: Identity in Mediated Realms
*1.* Looking Up, Looking Down, Looking Awry – /Louis D’Arcy-Reed/
*2.* Materiality and the Maternal: Spatial Politics and Agency of the Cinematic Apartment in Japanese Horror Films – /Shana Sanusi/
*3. *Tehran Has No Soul! – /Tania Ahmadi/
*4.* The Unconscious and the City: A Neuropsychoanalytic Exploration of Cinematic Space – /Susannah Gent/ *5.* A Vision of Complexity: From Meaning and Form to Pattern and Code – /Loukia Tsafoulia and Severino Alfonso
*Part II: Narrated Diversity of Filmic Urban Culture
*6.* Architecture of Constructed Situation: Understanding the Perception of Urban Space through Media – /Katarina Andjelkovic/ *7.* Polyphonic Asia: Contemporary City Symphonies of Singapore and Seoul – /Simone Shu-Yeng Chung/
*8.* Cinema and the Walled City – /Gül Kaçmaz Erk/
*9. *Architectures of the Suspended Moment – /Jean Boyd/

*Part III: Narrated Memories of Mediated Urban Life
*10.* The City Is a Changing Medium: Imagining New York and Los Angeles in Doug Aitken’s Work – /Gracia Ramírez/ *11.* Loss in Space: Deconstructing Urban Rephotography – /Michael Schofield/ *12. *Filming Chinese Settlement in Malaysia: Cinematic Narrative and Urban Settings – /Wang Changsong/ *13.* Bringing People Together Now: Wong Kar-Wai and Hong Kong – /Kimberly Connerton/ *14.* Multimedia Architectures: Case Study – Herakleion, a History of a City – /Giorgos Papakonstantinou/

*Afterword: *Neo-formalism and the Architectural Lessons of Film – /Graham Cairns/

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