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Rethinking Urban Nights: Cultures, Practices and Futures

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic Lecture/ Debate/Seminar


Throughout history and especially post-enlightenment, perspectives on light and dark have been held in binary opposition across different cultural understandings, particularly in Western ideology. This longstanding view continues to influence contemporary views on darkness, thereby shaping how we understand and articulate urban nights. It has provided some with the need and desire to manage and control the urban night, often in relation to practices of consumption, resulting in homogeneity in urban places after dark. Far from being a uniform space, urban nights are increasingly recognised as diverse, situated and relational. Given the global onslaught of over-illumination and the malign social, health, environmental and aesthetic affects this continues to perpetrate, how can we rethink urban nights? This talk will discuss a variety of creative engagements and cultural practices that are expressions of different experiences and representations of the urban night. It will also explore some emerging approaches through which we might design with and for darkness. By drawing on these entanglements, the aim is to open up further dialogue on how we can respond to the creative, environmental, technological and social issues that urban nights present and speculate on their futures.

Event (Seminar)

TitleEstudios sobre la noche/Night Studies/Etudes sur la nuit
LocationCentro de Investigaciones sobre America del Norte, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico
CityMexico City
Degree of recognitionInternational event