On 12 October 2012, Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought and New York University co-hosted ‘Presence and Absence in the City’, the first public conference of the Theatrum Mundi / Global Street project.
Five panel sessions – ‘State of the Street’, ‘Technological Space’, ‘The Global Street’, ‘The Trade of Ideas and Goods: From Artifacts to Citizenship’ and ‘Theatrical Space’ explored the difference between presence and absence in the city. This difference lies both physically – who is actually on the street?; and perceptually – how are people aware of others, accounting or discounting their presence in urban space? How are those considered invisible or inconsequential enabled to ‘make presence’ in urban space – through their bodies, actions, activities?
Through theoretical conversations and discussions on real life projects the conference aimed to instigate new thinking about public space via our specialist panel of architects, town planners, artists, designers and social researchers.
The conference ran from 9:30am – 6:00pm at Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall.
The conference has published all the tweets and mentions on Storify here.
This event is co-sponsored by Saskia Sassen & Richard Sennett | A Committee on Global Thought Conference | Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation | Co-sponsored by GSAPP and New York University.
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