Inertia, suspension and mobility in the global city

Donald, Stephanie and Lindner, Christoph P (2014) Inertia, suspension and mobility in the global city. In: Inert Cities: Globalization, Mobility and Suspension in Visual Culture. IB Tauris, London, pp. 1-16. ISBN 9781780769738, 9781780769721

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Abstract

Inertia is a state of profound inaction. It describes a total lack of movement or willpower, a stillness that connotes death. This book deals, then, with a contradiction. It addresses visual practices relating to inertia in the global city. It does so in relation to a broad selection of urban settings and cultural contexts in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Cities discussed include Amsterdam, Berlin, Beirut, Lisbon, New York, Paris and Vienna. Chinese cities are in evidence too, as the sine qua non of the story of contemporary urban expansionism. This geographical spread is relevant for three reasons. First, it enables the book to address major cultural, economic and political centres which can be taken as representative of key developments in the rise and future of the global city. These include many subcategories of urban expansion: megacities of the global south, post-colonial hubs, cities of exclusion, exploding cities of Asia, world heritage cities and global financial capitals. Second, the range of cities enables the book to track artistic practices and urban conditions across diverse geographical and cultural contexts to see what is specific to individual cities and what ‘travels’ between cities and regions. Third, the emphasis on the city is also a focus on the people who inhabit them, those who, as Luis Bun ̃uel would have it in his classic depiction of the emergent global city, Los Olvidados (1950), ‘live below the metropolis’. In short, we are trying to achieve a balance between urban

Keywords:Inertia, urban politics, visuality in the city
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W640 Photography
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K440 Urban studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
Divisions:College of Arts
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