Writing Cities is one of two core themes for TM throughout 2016, and focusses on how cities are written into being through language, discourse, texts, manifestos, performance, inscription, and notation.
As a thematic focus, Writing Cities asks urgent questions, and considers the practice of writing in a broad sense. Who writes the city? Who is written out of the city? What stories or narratives do we rely to make sense of urban life? What role does writing play in architecture and design? Can writing be compared to dance notation, or musical scores? How is the digital changing the way cities are written?
A series of new collaborations will bring this discussion to the Sheffield to enact a collective archaeology of a fictional building, to Athens to ask if the city writes revenge, and to London to consider how we write the future.