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32: Urban Interventions

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| Fall 2005 |

Editors: Saara Liinamaa, Janine Marchessault and Karyn Sandlos


  • ‘Introduction’, Saara Liinamaa, Janine Marchessault, and Karyn Sandlos
  • ‘The Heuristics of Contemporary Urban Art Interventions’, George Yúdice
  • ‘Of Treasures and Trash: BookCrossing, Mark Dion’s Tate Thames Dig and the (lost) objects of urban intervention’, Saara Liinamaa
  • ‘The Cure by Love’, Kaja Silverman
  • ‘Free Parking Space: Elementary Exercises in Auto-Intervention’, The Pedestrian Mob
  • ‘Metropolitan Chords and Discords Vera’, Frenkel
  • ‘31’, Lorna Simpson
  • ‘Driving Affect: The Car and Kiarostami’s Ten’, Nicholas Balaisis
  • ‘Surfaces, Receptacles, Cartographies, Cameras’, Adrian Blackwell
  • ‘Chinatown in the Ether’, An Te Liu
  • ‘Lost in Transformation’, Michael Awad
  • ‘Notes Toward a Metropolis for the Twilight of a Mind’, David Tomas
  • ‘Intersections: The Creative Grid in Downtown Toronto’, Rosemary Donegan
  • ‘Torontotroll, un wunderschön peplum à Mercer Union |Torontotroll, a wunderschön peplum (a wonderful epic) at Mercer Union’, Catherine Sicot
  • ‘Beachballs 4 1 + All’, Darren O’Donnell
  • ‘Flip Sequence Free Parking Space’
  • 3by2 ‘Public Intervention’, Adam Krawesky


An Te Liu, “Chinatown in the Ether”:

“There are over 30 Chinese malls and centres north of Toronto alone, all taking various forms and scales. There are now more Chinese people living outside of China than there are Canadians living in Canada. Fixed and bounded, the old Chinatowns may continue to survive, but they no longer represent the most complete story about Asian immigration, settlement, and commerce. What we witness is something that has a weaker sense of representation, that is harder to identify and locate. The malls represent a mutation, multiplication, and dispersal of Chinatown – they are mobile, adaptable, and sometimes invisible. They have no natural habitat, but they can land and begin to participate in forming meaningful locations and a contingent sense of place that is equally a result of an intrinsic foreign quality. Amidst ether, these places are simultaneously foreign and domestic, familiar and strange, non-urban and kind-of-urban, somewhere, nowhere, and anywhere.” (89)