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Visible Cities: Translating Ideas for Collective Life

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


What happens when we translate our ideas visually. More specifically, what ideas endure and which become hidden or even discredited? How do these ideas translate in the context of cities and visions for them? Does the diversity of cultures and different forms of creativity manifest themselves in alternative ways or similar ones? Put simply, how are ideas for collective life imported and exported around the world? In Grant Hamilton's The World of Failing Machines (2016) the model of translation is used to suggest that meaning lies in the gap between subject and object, or between words and things. My interest here is how images embody speculative impulses as ways to address this gap. In doing so they necessarily omit things, offering what is arguably a much more closed system than language and thus less open to interpretation.

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LocationThe Ruskin
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionLocal event