Locating Urban History And ‘Piercing Time’

‘Piercing Time: Paris after Marville and Atget’ curates a visual conversation between the historical and the contemporary city of Paris. Peter Sramek, Chair of Photography in OCAD University, Canada, led a group of researchers to study photographs taken of Paris in 1860s-70s (by Charles Marville) and in early 1900s (by Eugène Atget), locate the exact spots where these photographs were taken and capture their present urban form. As Marville was commissioned by Baron Hausmann for photographic documentation of old Paris neighbourhoods before their destruction to make way for the famous boulevard, the project brings together insightful visuals to revisit the history of the city. The group is now working on producing the printed copy of the documentation, as well as a mobile app for geo-tagged exhibition of the historical and contemporary photographs. They have created a campaign to support the project through the production phase.

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  • A Chat With Rudolf Klöckner (Urban Shit)

    Last Thursday Blogging the City took place in Amsterdam. It turned out to be an unforgettable day with a great selection of leading European bloggers that shared what drives them and inspires them with our online and offline audience. One of them was Rudolf Klöckner, driving force behind Hamburg-based street art blog Urban Shit. He entertained the audience by showing his favorite urban interventions he’s come across in the past years. We asked him a few questions right before the conference.

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    A Chat With Luc Harings (Ilovenoord)

    In advance of Blogging the City, we’re publishing a bunch of short interviews with some of the speakers to get you in the mood. Last one: Luc Harings. On his blog ilovenoord he collects things and places that make you happy in the upcoming district Amsterdam Noord (North Amsterdam). In two years the online and offline community grew into the biggest bottom-up initiative of Amsterdam. The blog’s heart-shaped logo is seen everywhere in the North. Tomorrow, Luc will talk about the role of new media in making a shift from ‘top-down’ thinking to ‘bottom-up’ thinking when it comes to city-making.

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    A Chat With Antonia Märzhäuser (Freunde Von Freunden)

    Tomorrow we’re bringing together a selection of Europe’s finest city, design and culture bloggers in Amsterdam at Blogging the City, a one-day conference where the ‘blogosphere’ discusses the urban future. Counting the days to the event, we’re publishing a series of short interviews with some of the speakers. Today: Antonia Märzhäuser of Freunde von Freunden, a Berlin-based international interview magazine that offers a unique view into the lives of the creative class in the German capital and other big cities around the globe. In 2011, FvF launched its first book, Freunde von Freunden Berlin. A second book is in the making.

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  • A Chat With Mikael Colville-Andersen (Copenhagenize)

    This Thursday we’re bringing together Europe’s leading city, design and culture bloggers at Blogging the City in Amsterdam. Ahead of the one-day festival, we publish short interviews with some of the speakers. Today: Mikael Colville-Andersen! Mobility expert Colville-Andersen is Denmark’s bicycle ambassador. His blog Copenhagenize highlights bicycle culture in Copenhagen, and placed the Danish capital on the map as a prominent green metropolis and one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities.

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    A Chat With Régine Debatty (We-Make-Money-Not-Art)

    Ahead of next Thursday’s Blogging the City festival in Amsterdam, we publish short interviews with some of the speakers. Today: Régine Debatty, blogger, curator and critic based in London and Turin. Her provocatively named and internationally acclaimed blog we-make-money-not-art, which features art, science, culture and society in general, was one of the first in its field.

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