shu and joe

Urban Studies | Time out of place

Published on November 16, 2008

Insightful review of Michael Winterbottom’s 2003 film Code 46 at bldgblog. Seems that the film develops its urban backdrop via visual bricolage, amalgamating the landmarks of developing megacities into an uncannily familiar no-place. Regarding this technique, Geoff Manaugh asks, “But what does it mean that Asian cities – cinematically depicted as a kind of monolithic urban Other – are, for the time being, so visually unfamiliar to Western audiences that they can be edited into a seamless Global Metropolis, a vast agglomeration of spatial alterity that we can cut-and-paste together on film?” What, indeed. Manaugh will sit down with Winterbottom next week at the Barbican to tease out some answers.

Filed under: Architecture, Film, The City
Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply