[S-fotografie] Eyes over London: Re-Imagining the Metropolis in the Age of Aerial Vision

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Eyes over London: Re-Imagining the Metropolis in the Age of Aerial Vision

A colloquium organised by the Department of Architecture, University of
With the support of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Saturday 15 November 2008

University of Westminster
School of Architecture and Built Environment
35, Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS

Since the late 18th century, the development of human flight has greatly
the possibilities of visualising cities. London, a vast
metropolis with scarce viewing platforms, has since been the subject of a
wide array
of aerial representations, driven by aesthetic as well as instrumental
More recently, with the diffusion of satellite imagery and popular „virtual
software, such as Google Earth, aerial views have become so pervasive that
we often
take them for granted. The critical implications of this phenomenon,
however, have
not yet been adequately examined.

Eyes over London will explore how the unique city has been re-imaged and
in the age of aerial vision. An interdisciplinary panel will address a
broad range
of subjects, from balloon photography to the London Eye, and their
involvement in
shaping the perception of the metropolis today. This one-day event will be
interest to a wide audience including academics and practitioners in
planning, and visual culture, as well as anyone concerned with the history

In conjunction with the colloquium, the Department of Architecture will
host the
photography exhibition Shot from Above: Aerial Aspects of London, curated
by English
Heritage, 15-29 November 2008.

Colloquium fee: £40 (students £25)
Includes refreshments, buffet lunch, and wine reception.

Full programme at:

For further information and to book a place, please contact:

Scott McCririe-Hallman
Tel: +44 (0) 207 911 5000 ext 3220
Fax: +44 (0) 207 911 5171
email: mccrirs a westminster.ac.uk

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