The Urban and the Rural

Friday, October 22, 2010
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place, New York

The United Nations proclaimed 2010 “The Year of Biodiversity.” In keeping with this emphasis on life on earth, this year’s theme for the Media, Culture and Communication graduate conference is The Urban and the Rural. Globalization challenges us to critically engage with issues of space/place, biodiversity, urbanization, rural culture, environmentalism and other ways to talk about the presumed, but problematic division between nature and culture.



10:15 — Doors open | Coffee served

10:30 — Welcome
Marita Sturken, Chair

10:45 — Faculty Talk
Mara Mills, “Deafening: Hearing Loss, Urban Din, and Electronic Noise”

11:30 — Break

11:45 — Presentations
Grace Chiou, “The Visual and Material Culture of the Urban Church: from Flânerie to Koinonia”
Beatrice Choi, “Growing Against the Grain: How New Architectural Shapes and Sustainable Food Practices”
Magdalena Sabat, “From Red Light to Black Light: Changing Aesthetics of Commerce and Control in the Amsterdam Red Light District”
Aurora Wallace, Respondent

1:30 — Lunch & Explore Installations
Jennifer Heuson, “untitled” (audio)
James Stanley, “Walk with Me” (interactive audio walking tour)
Carlin Wing, “A Cruise Through Carpets” (video)

2:30 — Keynote
Neil Smith, Distinguished Professor in Anthropology at the City University of New York, title TBD
Allen Feldman, Introduction

3:30 — Break

3:45 — Artist Talks
Carlin Wing, “A Cruise Through Carpets”
Geoffrey Jackson Scott, “this is where i used to live”
Max Libioron, “Trash Art and Creative Economies”
Nick Mirzoeff, Respondent

5:15 — Closing Remarks
Rod Benson, Director of Graduate Studies

5:30 – 7pm — Reception | Performance
Performance by Martin Scherzinger, Steve Sehman, and Melanie Sehman