Observation, Speculation, Spectacle. Visual Culture(s) at the Observation Deck, 1968-2020.
In view of changing paradigms of spectatorship (Crary Friedberg, Bruno, Griffiths, Verhoeff ), Philipp’s dissertation project is investigating the history and theory of transformative visual spaces, with an emphasis on the systems at work in Skyscraper Observation Decks, such as the OUE Skyspace in Los Angeles or the One World Observatory in New York. Working both with archival material and contemporary case studies the project investigates the audiovisual and kinetic strategies that these sites deploy to make the city visually comprehensible.
Philipp Röding is a former PhD candidate in the research collective “Configurations of Film.” He is also a member of the collective “PARA.” Currently he is preparing a post-doc project on the speculative media practices of real estate development.