NECS 2014 Conference, Milan

“The contemporary city represents a new context of experimentation in terms of languages of communication, aesthetics and media consumption. The most immediate result is a new sense of place, fed and inspired by a massive presence of screen media. Sentient city and Screen city are just some of the most recent formulations attempting to tackle the emerging trends taking place in the contemporary urban environment.

Intercepting the research of media studies, (media) architecture, (post-)cinema studies, aesthetics, semiotics of space and philosophy, the workshop invites to focus on the multifaceted perspectives on the contemporary city. Moving images are presented quite ubiquitously by means of diverse devices, such as media-façades, media-buildings, mobile screen media, smartphones, etc. In this sense, the city is to be intended both as a text itself and as the place of the embodied experience. This highlights on the one hand the need of critical understanding of contemporary culture and politics as saturated by media technologies; on the other hand, the crucial role of the individual in his/her phenomenological dimension is underscored.

Dwelling can be considered as a key-concept to interpret these phenomena: it represents an existential act that shapes the world according to the instances of human subjectivity. At the same time the presence of the subject himself is redefined by the constant intervention of screen media, which produce virtual spaces implying the intervention of the individual involved in a permanent (de)territorialization….” Read more here!

21 June 2014
Panel: Trains, Cities, Bodies, Stories. Filmic Reconfigurations

Anamarija Batista, Carina Lesky:
Animating Sidewalk Scenes: Audio-Visual Excursions to Public Spaces

Abstarct: The 1920s had sound and the spoken word enter the filmic imagery as a direct component. The recorded  image and sound had became a synchrinized interplay rounding the fictional mimicry of the »real« life experience. Today, modern digital technology again favors the separate production of the visual and acoustic dimension in the filmmaking process, opening an experimental field for the mixing of spaces and temporalities testing aesthetic and social ambiguities of perception.

This paper aims at exploring the cinematic imaginary space produced by the interplay of image and sound in connection to physical urban environments. The combination of these components and dimensions (re)creates the material reality and expands the boundaries of the filmic experience. Analyzing experimental works by sound and media artists, such as Janet Cardiff or Oliver Hangl, within the framework of spatial theory and phenomenology, we discuss the role of the senses in the conception of cinematic space.

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