Creative Cities Seminar at Queensland University of Technology on
Tuesday, 28 October 2003.

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Please note that you do not need to RSVP for this seminar and there is no
cost involved.

Thank you,

Chanel Bailey
Acting Centre Manager
Creative Industries Research and Applications Centre
Email: [email protected]


Creative Cities - Cinema and The Built Environment

Introduction: Professor Stuart Cunningham
Creative Industries Research and Applications Centre (QUT)

11:15 -12:15
The European City

Professor James Donald (UNSW)
The Enigma of Arrival: A short, illustrated history of some ways in which
the experience of arriving in the modern city has been
imagined, thought about, represented, and managed.

Professor Steffen Lehmann (QUT)<br>
Screening the City: This paper explores the shift that occurred in
representations of cities in film from the early European Metropolis idea
to Hollywood's representation of US cities, using the particular viewpoint
of an architect and teacher. Through an uncanny coincidence, in the
nineties, this architect built on the very site of Wim Wenders scenery in
'Wings of Desire' -that poignant moment when the old man tries to find the
remains of his lost Potsdamer Platz. The paper asks which films and
cinematographic ideas have been important influences on architects in the
ways they perceive urban scenes and which cinematographic techniques are
used by both film-makers and architects? One conclusion is that the
will always seek the role of director rather than producer.

12:30 - 1:30
Lunch and an interactive presentation by Cida de Aragon: "Layers of the
City : City Surface #1: Berlin"
City Surfaces Berlin is a project examining urbanity and urban
elements of Berlin through the various layers of urban spaces and
movement through the city.

1:45 - 3:00
The City as Surface (LA and Shanghai)
Dr Scott McQuire (Melbourne)
Cities of Light: electrification, spectacle and urban space: What
happens when the surface of a building is no longer a wall but a
screen or interface?  This presentation discusses the links
between impact of electric light on the appearances of the modern
city, and the mode of perception established by cinema. It suggests that
the electrification of urban space prepares the way for contemporary
developments such as large screen TVs in public squares, 'smart' buildings
skinned with interactive surfaces, as well as new forms of public art
involving complex systems of projection and light. Can these developments
be described as a 'cinematic' mode of

Assoc. Professor Stephi Hemelryk Donald (QUT)
City of Light: language, weather and filming in the dark.
What is the nature of political cinema in Hong Kong in the post-SARS,
post-1997 environment? This presentation argues for a surface of