Inert Cities

May 8, 2012, University of London, UK

This symposium considers inertia, and other forms of stillness or blockage, as a condition in urban life, articulated and operationalized through visual culture and spatial practice 4 viagra. The focus is on what happens when the forms of mobility associated with the globalization of cities – the fast flow of capital, people, labor – decelerate, break down, or freeze. To this end, we examine a range of urban sites, practices, and politics in contemporary Europe and Asia, in which cultures of mobility (and the mobility of cultures) are strategically interrupted. Suspended movement, aesthetic “stilling” in film and photography, and the architecture of immobility are all addressed by our engagement with temporal and spatial inertia in the global city.

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