The third (and final) virtual collaboration of the 2009 edition of the E-Lit Forum has reached the Q + A stage. Our third contributor to this year’s E-Lit Forum is Chris Joseph/Babel.
We began this afternoon’s class by rewatching Babel + Escha’s “Urbanalities”. The screening was followed by an extended rambling but often suggestive group meditation on the piece and Chris’s most excellent post from 30 October 2009.
Here are the questions that emerged from the discussion:
1. Could you comment further on your sense of the storyline that links the chapters/poems together?
2. If you decided to make “Urbanalities” a “closed” poem/story that did not vary from viewing to viewing, what would remain similar in this alternate version of the piece?
3. Why did you choose to adopt a feminine perspective in “Urbanalities”?
4. Are the grids and clocks symbolic of the human attempt to mediate and control the natural world and the natural rhythms?
5. How do you conceive of decay/destruction of the natural environment as being visually or textually linked to the decay/destruction of community/connectedness in “Urbanalities”?