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Telling Traces panel at Harvard Art Museums

  • Harvard Art Museums 32 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

01:00–01:15 PM Welcome and opening remarks

01:15–03:15 PM Panel 1: Fieldwork

Suketu Mehta, Writer, Associate Professor of Journalism, New York University, New York, NY

Sarah Oppenheimer, Artist, based in New York, NY

Ann Hamilton, Artist, based in Columbus, OH

Moderator: Giuliana Bruno, Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University

The traces of the city that we experience in passing – as a flâneur, commuter, or tourist, moving critically or in a state of distraction –are telling about the implications of the larger urban environment. In turn, we can tell the story of the city through a sequence of these traces. From the city street to the screen, the page, or the gallery, this event will highlight how the act of motion— walking, scanning, soaring, or guiding—informs and incites our understanding of the urban environment. Participants range widely across disciplines and genres, offering myriad points of access into sensory experience of the city.

The event begins with a set of readings, screenings, and presentations of the work of the six presenters. This is followed by two, two-hour-long panels beginning with short talks by each participant followed by a long moderated discussion.

The first panel begins with the idea, central to modern urban humanities, of the importance of being in, moving through, and walking about the city. From the image of the nineteenth-century flâneur to the Situationist on a dérive to the twenty-first-century social scientist, empirical information often roots and validates urban practices in ways that makes representation believable, relatable, and real. The discussion will look at and challenge the place of fieldwork in generating narrative depictions of cities.

The second panel is an exploration of the eidetic power of manipulating elements of time, space, scale, and perspective on individual experiences of fictional city space. It showcases inventive and impactful strategies of creating fantastical narrative environments. Panelists will explore the transformation of real-world data and knowledge into speculative urban environments.

Free admission.

Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, Lower level

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