Hall Focus: Mass Tourism
This year we have created a new section within l’Alternativa Hall: Hall Focus. At the same time every day we will be holding screenings, talks and other activities with directors and speakers from Barcelona and further afield. This year we are exploring Mass Tourism and its collateral effects, from slum tourism to the process of gentrification, with particular focus on the phenomenon of city branding and (un)sustainability.
We are delighted to open this new section with a talk by British geographer and social theorist David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the City University of New York and a Miliband Fellow of the London School of Economics.
This section also includes (H)all about Tourism, a call for super-short films (1 minute max) on the city of Barcelona and its relationship with tourism. We encouraged people to give their imagination free rein and turn the genre of self-aggrandising, picture-postcard videos on its head. We will be screening our shortlist as part of l’Alternativa Hall on 6.30 pm on Wednesday 16 November, when the audience can vote for their favourite; the winner will get two free festival passes.
(H)all about Tourism 1 (90') 14/11 18.30 h
CULTURE AND THE CITY: THE CHALLENGE OF TOURISM
Talk by David Harvey
David Harvey (Gillingham, England, 1935) is the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the City University of New York (CUNY) and a Miliband Fellow of the London School of Economics. His academic work has had a great influence on modern geography and he is a highly referenced author in contemporary social and political debates. According to the Thomson Reuters ISI database, he is among the twenty most cited authors in the humanities. His highly celebrated publications include The Condition of Postmodernity (Blackwell 1990), Spaces of Hope (University of California Press, 2000), A Brief History of Neoliberalism (Oxford University Press, 2007), Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution (Verso, 2013), Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (Profile 2014) and The Ways of the World (Profile, 2016).
You can now watch the video of the talk.
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(H)all about Tourism 3 (75') 16/11 18.30 h
Super-short films (H)all about Tourism
We watched all the videos submitted and drew up our shortlist. Now it’s the turn of the audience to vote for their favourite; the winner will get two free festival passes.
Shameless (though not timeless) self-promotional videos by cities
MdF #2. Vicky Cristina Barcelona and the Showcase City
(H)all about Tourism 6 (45') 18/11 20.30 h
Presentation of the collective book Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City, with Claire Colomb (coordinator), Albert Arias (author) and Alejandro González (Eco-Union).
Photo © Jonathan Adami