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12.10.2015
Travelling Warrior and Planetary Urbanisation
Christian Schmid
“The point of departure is a film by Christian Schocher, produced in 1979 and which had its premiere in 1981. At the time, the film was a sensation – at least for the few who saw it. The limited audience and showings were not surprising for a black-and-white film over three hours long, in which a man drives through the country and not much else happens. Yet this is a historic film because it captured, for the first time, an essential trend of contemporary Switzerland: the complete urbanisation of society.”(1)

Christian Schmid, geographer and professor of sociology at the D-ARCH ETH Zurich, will use Travelling Warrior to present his groundbreaking work on the problematic of planetary urbanisation.

The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Matthew Gandy, UCL.

1. From: Christian Schmid, “Travelling Warrior and complete Urbanization Switzerland: Landscape as lived Space”, in: Neil Brenner(ed.), Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization, (Berlin: Jovis, 2013).
About the Event:
as part of the lecture series
TRAVELLERS – ON THE WAYS OF SEEING URBAN TERRITORIES

5.30 - 7 pm
ONA Focushalle
Neunbrunnenstrasse 50
8050 Zurich

Film stills from Travelling Warrior, Christian Schocher 1979