The Urban Monster. A Fear in the Contemporary City Oral Archive
Working from a post-feminist approach, and, combining art strategies, curatorial practices and participatory urbanism, The Urban Monster. A Fear in the Contemporary City Oral Archive is a techno-performative project which aims to construct an archive collecting unheard confessions of fears in the cities after the global financial crisis, , with the convulsion of the European geopolitical map and the global warmongering threat.
Fear is considered as an emotional overflow constructing a hidden frequency of the city, and, establishing folds, cuts and overlaps that blur the urban map. Emotion confessions are an approach to the perception that inhabitants have of their cities not mediated by urban planning technical instruments.
Using orality as a primary material, the archive proposes a compilation of the borders that traverse our cities in the western society (southern Europe and North-America): geopolitical uncertainties, migration, tourism, and gentrification, and social barriers such as gender, age and ability. An unknown portrait of the city will come out, sketched by the confluence of all those perceptions. A series of interviews with various artists, politicians, sociologists, architects, activists and other researchers working on the topics revealed by the citizens, complete the archive that stands for both, an autonomous piece of oral architecture and as a useful document for urban studies.
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