【RAM @ Campus】 Two Invisible Cities
Jun 7, 2016 Tuesday 12:10 - 13:45
Auditorium of University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute
Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities (1972) features descriptions of exotic and inspiring cityscapes narrated by the explorer Marco Polo to the emperor Kublai Khan, in which the reader can hardly distinguish the plausible from the fictional. In writing this book, Calvino hoped to draw attention to what he saw as the changing nature of the cities in the Western world, where the risk of homogenization and prosaicism loomed behind the viral megalopolises. Inspired by Calvino’s idea, the MAP Office’s project Hong Kong is Land is not a requiem for “the city,” but rather a re-imagination of what a city could be as an extension of the best parts of our inner selves. The dialogue between Laurent Gutierrez (MAP Office) and Prof. Pamela Mansutti, will focus on how urban accretion may become creative and civilizing, forging spaces that could transfigure one’s native place and take it outside of history for all to benefit.
RAM@Campus is supported by Frank Yang Art & Education Foundation
Laurent Gutierrez is Associate Professor from the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is one of the founders of MAP Office, a multidisciplinary platform that has been based in Hong Kong since 1996, working on physical and imaginary territories using varied means of expression including drawing, photography, video, installations, performance, and literary and theoretical texts.
Pamela Mansutti,Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Linguistics (2004) and Ph.D. in American Literature (2012). Pamela is an expert in Literature and Film Theory, American Postmodernism, and Visual Culture. Currently, she is an English Lecturer at the UM-SJTU Joint Institute in Shanghai, where she teaches Academic Writing, Film and American Culture.
Free admission, reservation is required.