Articles from 11(1)/2014

Urban Symphonies. Creating, Writing and Performing the Space in Cinema, Visual Arts and Literature

Andrei SIMUȚ, Iulia MICU

The “Transnational Turn”. New Urban Identities and the Transformation of the Romanian Contemporary Cinema

Doru POP


The pressure of globalization and the transformations of the international film markets are rapidly changing the recent Romanian cinema. In a period spanning from 2010 to 2014, the paper describes same of the most important transformations, visible early on in productions like Marţi după C... Read More

Keywords: Transnational cinema, Romanian cinema, identity and Hollywoodization, genrefication, urban mise-en-scène

Ephemeral New York City: Reflections of the City in Literature



The transformation of cities has often been expressed in fiction, in visual arts and other media in which narratives have been created to give expression to the city and allow us to imagine and attempt to define it. Few cities have had more forms of representation than New York, for it projects ... Read More

Keywords: New York City, literature, representation

Real Dystopic Visions: Cinematic Critiques of Postmodern L.A.

Jonathan NAVEH


The article chronicles cinematic urbanity in Los Angeles with an emphasis on postmodernity and the portrayal of “realist dystopias”. I focus on dystopia as a tendency rather than a science-fiction subgenre, avoiding futurism in temporality and architectural gigantism in spaces. This ... Read More

Keywords: urbanism, dystopia, postmodernism, 1980s cinema, realism, Los Angeles

Urbanité et espace cybernétique

Călina BORA


We live in a society in which the urban settlements are no longer clearly defined areas. Firstly, this is due to the speedful way in which territories are made uniform, the rural-urban barrier is breached, with the purpose of ensuring the conveyance of information and fast transit. The forced ur... Read More

Keywords: cyberspace, urban areas, the city, space/area, rhizome, the other space

La ville, territoire cicatriciel dans l’oeuvre de Norman Manea



The paper establishes and analyses the city as a scarred territory in Norman Manea’s literary work. I focus on the literary construction of Bucharest in Compulsory Happiness and The Hooligan’s Return, by insisting on the scarred dimension of urban representations an... Read More

Keywords: Norman Manea, city as scar, scarred territory, communism urbanite

Mapping Impossible Boundaries

Andrei SIMUȚ


The aim of this study is to investigate the avatars of the authoritarian city in a few recent dystopian films. Our aim is also to interpret the return of the city boundaries, of a highly segregated cityscape, as opposed to the boundless virtual city, in a few recent movies: District 9 (... Read More

Keywords: segregation, boundaries, dystopian city, abandoned city, authoritarian city

Fonction spirituelle de l’espace littéraire. Une lecture de Rue de Terre-Neuve de Jacques Réda



The space is a category that necessarily combines with the category of time. So they shape an entire structure playing a significant semiotic role in plots. The city is a special case of configuration. It carries potential or virtual meanings following the interaction of “actants” to... Read More

Keywords: geopoetics, textual ecology, city in literature, theologism

Making and Unmaking of Paradise

Bilal Ahmad SHAH, Anjali Gera ROY


The centrality and ubiquitousness of visual culture in contemporary society signifies the potential it has not only in transferring information about every day issues to the masses, but affecting the way people understand and respond to these issues. Working with the premise that visual culture,... Read More

Keywords: Hindi Cinema, Muslim Identity, Representation, Kashmir, visual culture

Eminescu’s Short Prose: Urban Casting for Some Uncanny Stories



Discretely polemical towards G. Călinescu’s view on Mihai Eminescu’s genuine ‘rurality’, Ilina Gregori has already shown that the courses he attended in Berlin moved the artist’s eye from countryside to town experiences; as a matter of fact, the poet’s sojour... Read More

Keywords: outskirts, cathedral, miniature, white house, temple, architecture, cityscape, Realism, upward mobility, Gothic, uncanny

Babel: de l’apologue au vidéo-clip. Kafka, Mylène Farmer et les Rolling Stones



Kafka is known for his exploration of the great myths. The myth of Babel, transposed into Les armes de la ville, a kind of fable, exemplifies this tendency. Kafka’s writing, especially in this brief text, deserves to be referred to as “pop literature”. In fact the solu... Read More

Keywords: Babel, Kafka, pop culture, video-clip, Mylène Farmer, Rolling Stones

L’Esthétique minimaliste du sublime. Etude de cas: l’Autobiographie de Nicolae Ceauşescu, d’Andrei Ujică

Alexandru MATEI


The aesthetics of the sublime becomes, by the end of the XVIIIth century, a challenge for the European humanist philosophical thinking, not to say for modern art’s destiny. The debate turns around a question we could put as „Is there aesthetics possible beyond or beneath form?”... Read More

Keywords: (New) Romanian cinema, sublime aesthetics, Andrei Ujică, Nicolae Ceauşescu

Six Impossible Things before Breakfast: Dream-worlds, Labyrinthine Journeys, Imaginary Shapes (I)

Iulia MICU


For many observers, the incessant processes of urban growth that started at the beginning of the twentieth century had transformed the cities fin de siècle into foreign and crowded places of a labyrinthine tangled metropolitan space. Inspired by several cinematic and textual anal... Read More

Keywords: labyrinth, dream-world, dream architecture, subconscious, tessellation, initiatic journey, dromenon

Representation and Participation of the City (Theater). A Polyphonic Chorus of Glocal Issues in URBAN PRAYERS (2013)

Monique EHMANN


In times of globalization and migration cities are impacted by an enormous diversity and heterogeneity. They are places where people of the most different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds come together to share a confined living space. A lack of awareness and simple ignorance often lea... Read More

Keywords: City theatre, Encounter, Globalization, Glocalisation, Integration, Migration, Participation, Religion, Representation

Parcours urbain et remémoration Oslo, 31 août de Joachim Trier

Véronique BUYER


Entitling his last film Oslo, August 31st, Joachim Trier stresses on the city where the narrative takes place. In fact, the urban spaces host the long walk of Anders, the main character, during this day outside of the rehabilitation center. Memories of his past resurface in almost docum... Read More

Keywords: Joachim Trier, Oslo, August 31st, recollection, memories, walking, urban spaces, drift, Michelangelo Antonioni, attentive perception

The Hole by Tsai Ming-liang or Crystallizing Utopia in Dystopia



In an absurdist atmosphere reminiscent of Samuel Beckett, in a movement of transgression from rough social reality to surreal spectacular dream, two neighbours, a man and a woman, refuse to leave their homes under an evacuation order by a city ravaged by a virus called “Taiwan Fever”... Read More

Keywords: The Hole, Tsai Ming-Liang, virus, the end of millennium, science-fiction, urban spaces, Surrealism, Czlowiek Kamera, Samuel Beckett, Musical Comedy, water and dreams, Gaston Bachelard

“The Global Screen” and the Changes to Cultural References



With the emergence of the film, both the oral and written tradition and the universal heritage of civilization are completed with a new chapter, the audiovisual. Social or interpersonal relations, public expressions of any form, are also mediated by this new expression. Public space of expressio... Read More

Keywords: television, film, global screen, communication, cultural references

New Aesthetics and New Technologies: Global Challenges to the Future of Cultural Organizations and Management



The study of culture is polarized between structuralist and pragmatist theories (Alexander and co. (eds.), 2006: 29). Moreover, in this era of technology, that conveys the concept of the economy of knowledge (Beckert, 2010: 92-93) the challenge regarding the relationship between global ... Read More

Keywords: global vs. local traditions, rural vs. urban societies, new aesthetics vs. new technologies, management of culture, performance as design

Klaus Obermaier – “What interests me now, is how to bring people into environments in which they can participate”

Rodica MOCAN


Interview with Klaus Obermaier, March 2013 (II)

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Gianina DRUȚĂ


Doru Pop, Romanian New Wave Cinema: An Introduction

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Dominique Nasta, Contemporary Romanian Cinema: The History of an Unexpected Miracle

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Andra Teodora FELEA


The Good and the Bad of Romanian Cinema. An Unfinished History

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Short, Sharp, Shock! The ClujShorts International Short Film Festival at Its Second Edition

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Daria IOAN


Romanian Urban Series at the Sony World Photography Awards 2014

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