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The Garden of Ghosts: Landscape and Recollection in Singapore

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UTS DAB, Level 4, Landscape Architecture Studio (CB06.04.05), 702-730 Harris Street, Sydney

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UTS School of Architecture 2017 autumn lecture series presents:

Dr Joshua Comaroff
Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design
Design Consultant, Lekker

The Garden of Ghosts: Landscape and Recollection in Singapore

Singaporeans claim their city to be one of the world’s most haunted. Certainly, there is a long history of “ghost practices” – gifts to, and negotiations with, the dead. Likewise, the popular traditions of spectrality are still very much alive within the city’s green, hi-tech fabric. This lecture will introduce notions of haunting and horror that marry folk traditions to new spaces, technologies, and practices. In particular, it will argue that hauntings and uncanny transactions appear particularly at points of rapid spatial and social change: construction sites, infrastructures, and nodes of a thriving speculative economy.

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