Post-war reconstruction was a pivotal moment for both Paris and Rotterdam. However opposed in their forms, both postwar urbanities share something of Paris's outskirts, portrayed in Eric Baudelaire's Also Known As Jihadi. The creation of these new urban forms could count as the main character in Baudelaire's film. In Jean Luc Godard's Two or Three Things I Know About Her, wasn't "her" both the city and the films’ protagonist actress Marina Vlady? This session will use Georges Bataille's critical view of architecture (published in 1929) and Pier Paolo Pasolini's short visual essay The Form of a City (1974) as a frame through which these two post-war urban forms can be rexamined and explored for what their political consequences might be.

This event is part of the program of the exhibition The Music of Ramón Raquello and his Orchestra by Eric Baudelaire, on view until 7 May 2017. The program continues with a conference on Architecture (22 April 2017). The series started with conferences on Fukeiron, or the Politics and Poetics of Landscape (28 January 2017), organized with the International Film Festival, and Assembly (21 April 2017).