Mediapolis Now is the podcast channel of Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture. Like its parent journal, our podcast puts media and the city into conversation. We are interested in how scholars, artists and other practitioners see the practices, rhythms and motilities of the city through patterns of media use, exposure and desire; and who approach media forms, representations, infrastructures and industries as intrinsic aspects of urban living. Our channel hosts three series, all exploring the junction of cities, culture and media: Voices, in which we interview thinkers and practitioners about their work; Essays, featuring audio readings of selected Mediapolis articles; and Events, audio recordings of recent talks and symposia. Audio Editor: Scott Rodgers Visit the Mediapolis journal website: https://www.mediapolisjournal.com/
Friday Apr 02, 2021
Friday Apr 02, 2021
This is a part recording of the March 2018 event "Film, Media, and Toronto’s Built Environment" presented at the University of Toronto during that year’s Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference and organized by Mediapolis‘ own Stanley Corkin. In this episode, you hear the most utopian presentation of the night, from the second panellist, filmmaker and landscape architect Joseph Clement. Clement directed the 2016 documentary Integral Man, about Integral House and its original owner, James Stewart. Clement’s approach to the evening was to share a collection of his own personal photographs, a quietly stunning series of views taken amid his daily life in the city that showed it under the influence of plays of light, shadows and reflections. Several offered visions of the city’s pervasive concrete – a legacy particularly of development from the 1950s through 1970s – touched by fleeting ephemeral transformations. 1 A sidewalk encased in construction scaffolding is marvellously changed by shadows created by its zigzag fencing. A watery reflection from opposite windows creates a patch of seeming transparency on the imposing and impenetrable limestone fin walls of the city’s courthouse. And in perhaps the most utopian of the collection, a photo taken of Toronto from beyond one of its harbour islands gives the impression that the city’s waterfront boasts a thick greenbelt and a natural sand beach. Clement’s poetic documentation of these imaginary realities amid the city’s built form inspired both a dreaminess about other possibilities and new appreciation for the latent merits of what already exists. (summary by Kate Lawrie Van de Ven)
This episode is from the archives of Mediapolis Live, precursor podcast to Mediapolis Now.
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