Reading Response: Carl Abbott

The first text by author Carl Abott introduces the concept of ‘migratory cities’ supplemented by examples and comprehensive analysis of media from the science-fiction genre. He introduces examples such as Armada, which is a city consisting of a flotilla of ships together, Snowpiercer, life on a perpetually moving train in a world wrought by natural disaster, and the constantly moving, grinding Earth in the novel Inverted World etc. He shifts the perspective of cities being natural confluence of people congregating at an area for their livelihood from the perspective of a technocrat, to a living, breathing, moving machine.  Through the

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[Reading Response: Carl Abbott]

In science fiction movies and novels, ‘migratory’ cities are often built on the basis of real immigrant cities like NewYork. These stories are often set in a post-disaster context, and due to issues such as resource scarcity, people often build cities in a mobile way to seek resources or avoid disasters. Therefore, stories in such a wasteland worldview tend to revolve around survival, and because of the frequent wars between people for resources, such films often bring out discussions of human nature and future. In the films “Mortal engine” and “Snow piercer”, both stories are based on moving cities, but

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[Reading Response] M. Christine Boyer

Boyer has mentioned the point of CyberCities, how different aspects of cities are being replaced and controlled by computer technology, and I think this is becoming the new reality day by day. Like the argument mentioned in the reading, “electronic telecommunications have so reformulated our perception of space and time that we experience a loss of spatial boundaries, of spacial distinctions.”, since the beginning of the pandemic, our normal lives have been moved online and became virtual. People were used to going to school or to work or to gatherings in person, but because of the virus, people were forced

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[READING RESPONSE]: WILLIAM TSUTSUI

The extract taken from William Tsuitsui’s Noir Urbanism reflects upon the popularity of “annihilation fantasies” in Japanese culture.  Stemming from the nations susceptibility to catastrophe, Japan has refocused their feelings of vulnerability, animosity and fear into their visual culture.  A part of the text which I thought really reflects Tsuitsui’s analysis was his mentioning of Godzilla or Gojira.  Having never watched the movie due to my own lack of interest in monster films, his detailed analysis of the social and political relevance of the film made me want to watch it.  Tsuitsui draws connections between the monster’ attacks on Tokyo

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