Is Tuscany Real? Hyperreality and Urban Space in the Cradle of the Renaissance

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Giovannoni Navigating Urban Literature

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 using Tuscan spaces at different scales as main 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, University of Florence
Wednesday Mar 9th 2016, 2.30-5.30pm, Room 7M, Palazzo di San Clemente, Via Micheli 2