Sarai Reader 02: The Cities of Everyday Life


Sarai Reader 02: The Cities of Everyday Life Sarai Reader 02: The Cities of Everyday Life

The Cities of Everyday Life

This year’s Sarai Reader brings together a range of critical thinking on urban life and the contemporary, marked by spreading media cultures, new social conflict and globalisation. Scholars, media practitioners, critics and activists use a flow of images, memories and hidden realities to create a fascinating array of original interventions in thinking about cities today. In the context of India, where a large part of this reader has been edited, this is significant, given the frugality of writing on city life in this part of the world.

With essays, images, analyses, and manifestoes The Cities of Everyday Life reflects on the contemporary urban condition, detours into the back alleys of the global city, takes on media representations of terror and war, examines the politics of information, anticipates the futures of digital urbanism, registers the details of media flows, explores representations of the city, and looks at globalisation from below.

Production

Editorial Collective: Ravi S Vasudevan, Jeebesh Bagchi, Ravi Sundaram, Monica Narula, Geert Lovink & Shuddhabrata Sengupta.

Design: Pradip Saha and Monica Narula.

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The entire book can be accessed and downloaded from the Sarai archive.

Contents

Introduction

URBAN MORPHOLOGIES

The Urban Turn – Gyan Prakash

Urban Physiognomies – Radhika Subramaniam

The Death of an Empire – Ashis Nandy

Theatre of the Urban: The Strange Case of the Monkeyman – Aditya Nigam

Claims on Cleanliness: Environment and Justice in Contemporary Delhi – Awadhendra Sharan

THE CITY AS SPECTACLE AND PERFORMANCE

Parsi Theatre and the City: Locations, Patrons, Audiences – Kathryn Hansen

Citybeats: Urban Folk Music in Late-Modern Calcutta – Avishek Ganguly

The Exhilaration of Dread: Genre, Narrative Form and Film Style in Contemporary Urban Action Films – Ravi S. Vasudevan

Ruin and the Uncanny City: Memory, Despair and Death in Parinda – Ranjani Mazumdar

The Metropolis and Mental Strife: The City in Science Fiction Cinema – Nitin Govil

Screening Injustice: Race, Violence and Media Flows – Bhrigupati Singh

THE STREET IS THE CARRIER AND THE SIGN

The Street is the Carrier and the Sign – RAQS Media Collective

FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN CITIES

Seeing + Believing – Lisa Haskel

Shops on the Move (Extract) – Uday Prakash

Spaced Out: A Personal Geography to México City – Fran Ilich

Past Places/Future Spaces: Reconstructing post-war Beirut – Yasmeen Arif

Imagining Srinagar-Sarajevo – Abir Bazaz

Sleepless in Delhi (Extract) – Gagan Gill

Slow Shutter/Full Open – Monica Narula

Lagos: Love It or Love It – Niji Akanni

Walls – Monica Narula

World Made Flesh – Matthew Fuller

Mechanicalcutta: Industrialisation, New Media in the 19th Century – Debjani Sengupta

decoded + delhi + denuded = Google + Search – Parvati Sharma

Office Days (Extract) – Shrinath

Long Bus Rides – Joy Chatterjee

Cancer Wards – Sopan Joshi

CYBERMOHALLA DIARIES

Cybermohalla Diaries – Azra Tabassum, Shamsher Ali, Suraj Rai, Neelofer, Ayesha, Shahjehan, Bobby, Yashodha, and Mehrunissa

9/11 – MEDIA/CITY

A Day that Will Live In…? – Patrick Deer & Toby Miller

Responses to 9/11: Individual and Collective Dimensions – Rajeev Bhargava

Violence and Translation – Veena Das

Branding the War: Terror and the Commodity Image – William Mazzarella

“The One Who Really Scares Me” – Paul Virilio Interviewed by Dorothea Hahn

Selections: Discussion Thread Post-9/11 – reader-list@sarai.net [Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Rehan Hasan Ansari, Shammi Nanda, William Mazzarella, Kali Tal, Ravi Sundaram, Zamrooda Khanday, Frederic Madre, Ravikant, Jeebesh Bagchi]

The obliqueWTC – Lars Spuybroek

VIRTUAL ARCHITECTURE AND DIGITAL URBANISM

Hyper-Architecture – Ole Bouman

Diagramming – Lars Spuybroek Interviewed by Cho Im Sik

Seeing Cyberspace: The Electrical Infrastructure as Architecture – Brian Caroll

Archifesto: Towards a Digital Urbanism of Radical Difference – Archimedia

THE POLITICS OF INFORMATION

Banking (on) Biologicals: Commodifying the Global Circulations of Human Genetic Material – Kaushik Sunder Rajan

The Face of the Future: Biometric Surveillance and Progress – Rana Dasgupta

Everyday Surveillance: ID Cards, Cameras and a Database of Ditties – Shuddhabrata Sengupta

Blind Intelligence – Sam de Silva

Surveillance: After September 11, 2001 – David Lyon

New Rules, New Actonomy – Geert Lovink & Florian Schneider

Random Thoughts: About the Indymedia Network, Tactical Media… – Evan Henshaw-Plath

The Case for Biolinuxes: And Other Pro-Commons Innovations – K. Ravi Srinivas

Open Publishing – Mathew Arnison

Openlaw – http://eon.law.harvard.edu/openlaw/

ALT/OPTION

Panic, War & Semio-Kapital – Franco Berardi Bifo

Globalisation from Below: Migration, Sovereignty, Communication – McKenzie Wark

THIS YEAR / THAT CITY

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Notes on Contributors

Acknowledgments


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Published on: October 1, 2002