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Urban Enchantments: The City as Collaborator


Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 12:00 to 14:00
Cynthia Hammond

In her practice, Dr. Cynthia Hammond collaborates with the city as well as its citizens. Her stance is that the everyday built environment is worthy of attention, and contains multiple cultural landscapes, histories of struggle, and stories of embodied difference. Dr. Hammond will discuss her combined practice as an artist, historian of the built environment, and community-engaged curator, through which she creates public events and art projects that directly connect residents with urban history and debates surrounding current development. Her lecture will explore the idea of the city as collaborator in the creative and critical work of engaging multiple publics in the politics of urban change. She will also address how art can be a means “to be enchanted ... to be struck and shaken by the extraordinary that lives amid the familiar and the everyday” (Jane Bennett, 2001, p 4).

Cynthia Hammond graduated from Concordia University's Interdisciplinary PhD Program in 2002. Her dissertation won the Governor-General's Gold Medal for doctoral work. From 2003-05, she held the first SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Architecture, McGill University. Cynthia teaches interdisciplinary practice and method, architectural history, and seminars on spatial theory at Concordia, where she is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, and incoming Co-Director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (July 2017).

Photo credit: Jin Kim. Caroline Alexander and Jill Didur, "Layers of Landscape." Installation as part of Un Paradis sans pommiers: Le Jardin des Soeurs Grises, curated by Cynthia Hammond and Shauna Janssen, 2016.

LB-1019, 1400 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, QC

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