The globalization of the world’s economy and culture is coupled with radical fragmentation of urban spaces. Most urban centers, since the 1980’s, have been built in an historical and geographical vacuum, detached from the social, political, and functional contexts of traditional cities. New urban developments are hermetically sealed from their actual locality, and yet connected to a vast network of “non-places,” conspicuous in the uncanny repetition of identical malls, theme parks and airports across the world.
The conference “Art and the Fragmentation of Urban Space” at the University of San Diego will explore the manifold dimensions through which contemporary art and design relate to the reality of urban landscapes. The conference will be an invaluable opportunity to bring renowned artists, architects, art historians and cultural anthropologists across the world together with scholars, artists and community leaders.
Dennis Adams, Cooper Union
M. Christine Boyer, Princeton University
Benjamin Buchloh, Columbia University
Teddy Cruz, Estudio Teddy Cruz, San Diego
Kajri Jain, University of Melbourne
Mark Jarzombek, MIT
Roderick Sauls, University of Cape Town
Belgin Turan, Middle East Technical University
Sally Yard, University of San Diego
Conference co-chairs: S.M. Can Bilsel and db smith. Participation is free and open to the public.
University of San Diego, Department of Art
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, Califonia 92110
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