Neoliberal Visions, Post-capitalist Memories: Heritage Politics and the counter-mapping of Singapore’s cityscape.
Neoliberal Visions, Post-capitalist Memories:Heritage Politics and the counter-mapping of Singapore’s cityscape. Dr Liew Kai Khiun & Dr Natalie Pang Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information Nanyang Technological University
Mapping the City-state• 704 km²• Population: 5.2 million• Airports, seaports: Global Connectivity and local restrictions• Competing and complementary needs: New living and historical/natural spaces
Geometric-ized to Lifestylized:Mapping Exercises of theColonial and ContemporaryNation-state in Singapore• Demarcation, Zoning and Griding for Colonial Capitalism, Industrialization and neo-liberal political economy• Scripting and Masterplaning• Topographical to Cinematical
New Media, the Digital Revolution andthe Insurgent Citizenry in Singapore• GoogleEarth, photoshop and the Democratization of Mapping• Facebook and the Digital Networked Mapping: Re-mining, re- configuration and re-platforming of archival materials• Towards the Historical Nation: Counter-mapping and the Resistance against Disappearance
Singapore’s Mapping Vision Empire Nation-State Insurgent CitizenryVision Hegemonic Futuristic OrganicPolitical Economy Colonial Capitalism Neo-Liberal Capitalism Post-CapitalistSpatiality Colonial Port City Global Garden City Place-based City (Newman 2010: 168-9)Temporalities GMT Utopic HistoricalAnxieties Decline Staticity PlasticityAuthorship Guardianship Custodianship Co-AuthorshipPolitics Expansionist Developmentalist ConservationistTechnology Geometric Imaging PixelatingAgent Colonial Surveyor Urban Planner Netizen ReconfiguratorCartographic Single Mapped Paper Building Models Resurrected Networked ImagesProductionKnowledge Museum Memory PresenceRepository
Resurrection & Re- Co-authored Resuscitation appearance Rejuvenation • Efforts in historicizing • Mining, digitalization and • Engaging/Collaboratio place with archival the cyberpublic sharing of n with state agencies maps and real-time official and personal in Mapping Exercises images archival illustrationsMap of the former A proposal for the Rail Corridor exhibitedRoyal Naval Base Real time traffic conditions used by in the premises of the Urban conservationists to argue against Redevelopment Authority new road development through the Bukit Brown Cemetery
Conclusion• New Media and the multiple surfacing and re-layering of cartographic imaginations• The Futuristic and Historical: State-civil society relations and the negotiations of contrasting mapping visions