City, Archive, Narrative
Aedes Architekturforum, Berlin
– 21 February 2018
"Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative" is an exhibition organised by the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative, an interactive research project to examine urban landscapes, societies and cultures using international methods in urban research. The results found by the research groups based in Berlin, Boston, Istanbul and Mumbai are presented in the exhibition in the form of visual cross-media narratives.
The Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative is a four-year study financed by Harvard University and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Academics and designers examine interdisciplinary methods of urban research in local project groups in Berlin, Boston, Istanbul and Mumbai. The separate locations act as portals for individual questions and challenges confronting the research groups in the respective city. The initiative starts from assuming that cross-disciplinary urban research is essential to tap into the increasingly complex and multi-layered situations in cities. Each research area is equipped with its own tools for producing knowledge, and it is only by mixing and exchanging these approaches that a productive intermedia language for future urban challenges can be created.
The exhibition presents site-specific, cross-media visual narratives which overlap in terms of time and location. To create the installations, the researchers and designers have used digitised archival material, contemporary photography, drawings, maps, animations, texts and video works. After the show in Berlin, the exhibition will go on tour to Istanbul and Mumbai. Eve Blau, professor of History of the Urban Form, and Robert Gerard Pietrusko, an assistant professor in the departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, have curated the exhibition.