Architecture, Geography, and Visuality

Architecture, Geography, and Visuality photo/foto: Mateo Rudas

This panel explores the politics and aesthetics of contemporary urbanism through practices of spatial production: architecture, cartography, and the visual. How do these practices invite users and viewers to engage historical memory, territorial belonging, and political participation? How do they engage the discourses of rights? What role do these practices play in zones of conflict, in the urban margins, or in environments of political violence?

Teddy Cruz (Guatemala), Nicholas Mirzoeff (United Kingdom), Karen Till (U.S.)
Moderator: Diana Taylor (Mexico/U.S.)


Teddy Cruz is an Associate Professor in Public Culture and Urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at University of California. He has been recognized for his urban research of the Tijuana-San Diego border, and for his work on housing and its relationship to an urban policy more inclusive of social and cultural programs for the city.
Please visit HIDVL to see an interview with Teddy Cruz here.

Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. He is the author of Watching Babylon: The War in Iraq and Global Visual Culture (2005) and An Introduction to Visual Culture: Second Edition (2009).

Karen Till is Associate Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, and Government and International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs (CAUS) at Virginia Tech University.

Diana Taylor is University Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University, and the Founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She is the author of Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America (1991), which won the Best Book Award given by New England Council on Latin American Studies; Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's 'Dirty War' (Duke U.P., 1997) and The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Duke U.P., 2003), which won the ATHE Research Award in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy and the Modern Language Association Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for the best book in Latin American and Spanish Literatures and Culture (2004). In 2005, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.


Additional Info

  • Encuentro Location (Bogotá) : Auditorio Virginia Gutiérrez, Edificio Posgrados Ciencias Humanas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Date: 28 of August, 2009

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