The City and its Double Symposium

The City and its Double Symposium

27 March 2018 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Room 419, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

Organized concurrently by the Faculty of Architecture, HKU, with “HERE / NOT HERE”, a photographic dialogue around Hong Kong including photos by photographer Michel Eisenlohr and visual artist Yan Kallen exhibited at Gallery F22 from March 27th to April 14th, 2018.

Photo by Yan Kallen
Photo by Yan Kallen

This symposium is a speculative response to the photographic encounter between Michel Eisenlohr and Yan Kallen titled “HERE / NOT HERE”. This artistic dialogue proposes another “regard” which in return inspires a discursive reflection on the city. It explores the world of alternative lives dormant in the drawings of unbuilt urban planning schemes and unrealized engineers’ infrastructural fantasies, in the riming verses of nostalgic poets celebrating the glory of buildings no longer standing, or in the technological speculations of already outdated science-fiction films. Gathering scholars from France and Hong Kong proposing a series of fertile oppositions; “ The City and Its Double ” seeks to project many kaleidoscopic reflections through the mirroring lenses of our disciplines.

Introduction and Moderator
Nasrine Seraji
Head of Department of Architecture

Smart City vs Sieve-City
Nicolas Douay, Gray Kochhar-Lindgren

Domestic vs Public
Gina Marchetti, Eunice Seng

Found vs Derelict
Judith Audin, Ying Zhou

Sponsored by: Institut Français and Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau.

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