urban reconnaissance
    methodological approach to the city.
    interested in urban exploration from wide perspectives...
    built aspect
    discursive aspect
    political aspect.
    64 definitions of city from 64 aspects
    focus on the narrated/represented city
    how the physical city builds a parallel realliy of stories/images/films
    how to map the cinematic city

Using pandora ( )

'good luck using films of brussels to represent brussels'
also possible to look into representations of brussels in the forms of sounds

background in occupied social center in florence
cinema projects interacting with the defence of the space ( still in tension with the old communists.. )
fertile moment in italy, cross pollination between struggle, underground, arts..

alternative geographies of florence
atlas of the alternative city
--- 'methodological toolbox' aknowledging the fact that you can't reduce the city to one specific aspect interesting similarity with the recent reroam discussion on 'pseudo-categories'... need an angle to give depth to the look, without pretending it's exhaustive.. aspects overlap all the time.
redividing the categories:

'productive city'
in naples, traces of artisanal activities in the names of the streets..
the productive part seems to be as cultural production.. 

interesting ways cinema relates to city..
crossing between cities that happens through cinema..
ie. movies set in net york are shot in berlin cos its cheaper..
c'est arrive pres de chez vous.. the belgian hybrid..

or the city as built in the cinema, tativille for playtime...

cinematic mode of production. jonathan bellar. 2006.
"cinematic modes of production are deteritorrialized factories, in which we perform value producing labour."
internet as value producing traffic. ha


so what does it mean to map the cinematic city?
is it mapping brussels with this methodology?
or actually using brussels to understand the different relations between cinema and city?
brussels as a way to enlighten the cinema-city relation... and the cinema-city typologies to delve into brussels..?
how a methodology can be developed via a concept, while a concept is researched via the methodology..


Another element: The screens in the city... moving image invasive and becoming urbanism.. JCDecaux is shaping the city more than any architect..
JCDecaux through infrastructure, images, etc.. one company incredibly put in a position of power (via european union..)
how is this made evident by infrastructure - hubs/nodes and flows? (train stations, bike rental)


making a difference between cinematography and still image production
Roland Barthes amorous distance - from the architecture of the cinema into the cityscape
Try to look for specific relations which can express the complexity of these relations rather than one section
The interest may be not one black room or screen culture, but the movement from moving image to real movement through the city to moving image
- hypothesis : there is no amorous distance anymore, we are embedded in a network of moving images. 
What is in between the image and the gaze?


as a reference of mapping:



Building the city walk for Sunday

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1)* Horta Hotel Aubecq

2)* WTC Tower
Exercises: city of flows (flows of consumers meet flows of traffic)

3) * Cinema ABC Adoplphe Maxlaan 149, 1000 Bruxelles

4) *JCDecaux screens in the city.. villó, metró.. infró
Location: Brouckere, Anspachlaan
Exercises: the city of screens

5) * Le Palace cinema Bouvelard Anspach 85, 1000 Bruxelles
* UGC Brouckere
Exercises: transforming city

6) * cinema nova

7) * Congrés building *RAC GEBOUW
transformed in a screen with very low framerate.. by polish artist Gomulicki

8) * Parlamentarium as a represantion and staging of power and the city
Excercises: governing city / power city
_I Love EU

9) Marolles (Palais de Justice)
 - Le Chantier des gosses
- Cité Modelle
- Haren, building site of the maxi prison.

*the eternal problem of the map..
__ finding subjective forms of mapping - subjective situations in order to deviate from the "objective map" seeing THE MAP not as a start and and end of any discourse on the city, but actually as one of its site of tension.
what about an ethermap? Notes through the walk:
The idea of this track is to assess the nature of the city as the main  field of production in the paradigm of symbolic economies, one which  according to Jonatan Beller (2006) develops into the *cinematic mode of  production*.   
During the fist day of the workshop  we discussed how we can understand  and assess the cinematic  city. We questioned how (moving) images are  produced, stored, distributed and reproduced in and through the urban  fabric, and how in turn such an image production process contributes to  the construction of the overall urban identity. This  was an  intense discussion, opening up to a lot of implications and connections. We  decided to report the main points in form of an urban walk connecting  some exemplar locations representing the main phenomena connected with  the topic, and to revive the main topics of discussion along a field  trip. This may become the initial stage of a mapping exrise, but also  lead to other outcomes and form of representation.    
The exploration has been anticipated by a quick excursion on Friday to a place discovered by the participants to the wireless track during a survey for signals. It is an old disused factory where is stored the  façade of an Art Noveau building designed by Victor Horta, laying on the  floor after being reconstructed for an exhibition in 2011, and now in  state of abandon. This  surface skinned out of the building reconstruced  as a film scenography represent the value of the façade as a distinct  visual element and revealed as extremely symbolic of the spectacular  nature of architecture.   
    What kind of cinematic aspects can be found in the city of Brussels? How elements in the city are staged and what kind of economies are circulating around these stagings? After choosing several reference points that to certain extend reflect moments in the city that have a significant position in terms of reflecting different layers of the city such as: ; ; etc.
    While physical screens such as advertisement, are still very often tagged by graffity or destroyed; digital screens seem rather safe from being reappropriated by inhabitants. What form of interaction can still happen with digital screens, except of physical destruction?
    2) The WTC Towers as a symbol of the city of flows; first encounter with the space is a corner that commemorates present and past world trade centers. From the 25th floor; the city appeared to be almost static, a conglomerate of several material accumulations of industrial garbage next to the canal, empty roads underneath, train tracks that are bending around sky scrapers in order to enter tunnels under the city, which pump on a regular basis during weekdays living work force into the city. In this fountainheadian moment the city seems to be a overviewable and plannable aglomeration of flows. Flows which can be directed according to needs and functions.

    Further in the journey, other struggles are happening; invisible to the perspective from the 25th floor. Even invisible to someone passing by, an old closed cinema, where just some blurred letters and the installation lines where announcements were placed, remind of its former function.
    3)  The ABC cinema ( ) , a remand of a time where the circulation of porn movies had not shifted yet to servers and networks. 
    An initiative tried to rescue the cinema from demolition through a crowdfunding campaign. However that was unsuccesful and the investor Stephano Immo estate agency, which demolished the interior on January 2015. 
4) Passing further in the new pedestrian zone, visualization screens of the futurous proposals for the boulevard d'anspach start to appear, picturing scenarios of smilling people in sunshining environments surrounded by blossoming vegetation and cleaned shopping windows.

5) Pathé Palace / Kladaradatsch. An ancient cinema that is currently under renovation. Tagged advertisement boards in front of it, are describing the history and the architectural project of the renovation process. At this place, the history seems to legitimate the renovation.

6) The Cinema Nova on the other hand is not just a place of encounter in the urban meshwork, but actively tries to bring the discourse of the city into the cinema and its program.

    Pathé Palace