Book launch: Visualising the street. New ways of seeing and documenting the city

The advancement of digital technologies has given rise to the production and dissemination of many new forms of imagery of streets and urban realities. This in turn creates different spaces and encounters, new ways of using and moving through the city. What are the effects of these new forms of image-making and image-sharing on documenting and archiving streets? How are they effective in building imaginaries of urban communities and alternate worlds? And how do they shape our modes of navigation and everyday spatial practice?

On 21 March 2019 we will celebrate the book launch of Visualizing the Street: New Practices of Documenting, Navigating and Imagining the City, a collection of interdisciplinary essays on emerging forms of visualization of the street around the world, combining close analyses of street images and imaginaries with the study of the practices of their production and circulation.

The past years have seen new emerging forms of image-making and image-sharing, often intertwined and entangled. During this event, experts from various disciplines discuss how new imaginaries of the street are constructed. They question how these images and imageries influence the ways in which contemporary and future streets are understood, imagined, documented, navigated, mediated and visualized.

Editors Pedram Dibazar and Judith Naeff will introduce the book and their own research in the broader field of visual urban culture and the analytic and methodological questions ahead in the study of emerging forms of urban imagery. They will be joined by Cristina Ampatzidou, Simone Kalkman and László Munteán, who will present their visions on new visualisations and imaginations of the street and the city, which follow from their respective research projects.

About the speakers

Pedram Dibazar is a lecturer in the Humanities with a focus on Cultural Analysis at Amsterdam University College.

Judith Naeff is assistant professor Cultures of the Middle East at Leiden University.

Cristina Ampatzidou is a researcher and writer with a background in Architecture and Urbanism, and founder and editor-in-chief of Amateur Cities.

Simone Kalkman is a finishing PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA).

László Munteán is assistant professor of Cultural Studies and American Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.


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