Prof. Frank Eckert im Think&Drink Kolloquium
von 18:00 bis 20:00
|Wo||Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Raum 002|
Ubiquitous urbanity: cities beyond place
The lecture will explore an emerging mode of urban life that is both familiar and startlingly new: a continuum of places, technologies, and performances that meld disparate enclaves into a seemingly coherent whole. We may access this convergence of terminals to the same place by way of interstate ...highways, internet connections, and personal media devices, even as we encounter ever more unyielding barriers to meaningful human communication. This lecture is meant for anyone who recognizes the odd and frightening pleasures of urbanity. Flowing from airport to hotel to coffee shop to chain restaurant, we glimpse the alienation and fascination of looking, consuming, and communicating in the staccato rhythms of contemporary urban life. It will investigate this phenomenon, this structure and perception of an emergubiquitous urbanity, by investigating its origins in Parisian arcades, world’s fairs, and military-industrial superslabs, its manifestations in airports, hotels, and shopping malls, and its potential undoing through performance, placelessness, and reverence.