Hyperreality and Urban Space

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Giovannoni Hyperreality
Hyperreality is considered a typical feature of post-modernity and can be defined as the inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality. The concept of hyperreality can be applied to urban space in the sense that in many instances the spaces of myth and of imagination end up producing real spaces. This often makes the distinction between authentic and fake, real and hyperreal, blurred and difficult to draw. This section of the seminar will briefly review the theoretical debate on hyperreality and try to draw a link between hyperreality and the production of urban space through a certain number of case studies. Cases will be considered critically, emphasizing aspects such as the relationship between the production of hyperreal space and social purification, hyperreality and everyday life, among others.

Giulio Giovannoni, Università di Firenze
Tuesday Feb 24th 2015, 9.30am-0.30pm, Aula Pietre, Palazzo di San Clemente, Via Micheli 2
Tuesday Feb 24th 2015, 2.30-5.30pm, Aula Pietre, Palazzo di San Clemente, Via Micheli 2