ARC 525 / ART 524

Mapping the City: Cities and Cinema

M. Christine Boyer

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This course on cartographic cinema explores the digital film archive as a trove of images that can be re-appropriated, re-mixed, re-assembled into new ways of thinking about and imagining cities. Cutting a horizontal trajectory across cities — New York, Tokyo, Vienna, Paris, Hong Kong, Lagos, Calcutta — the cinema has captured the dynamic force of urban mutations and disruptions. It has also imposed a vertical axis of memories, allowing time to pile up and overlap, confounding meaning and points of view, especially in cities of trauma.

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