Hollywood Made Me & Vertical Vegas - An illustrated Essay
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These texts explore ideas about the production of culture in postmodern cities, those of the "new frontier," which, represented by Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Australia's Gold Coast, offers accelerated, ahistorical, and dispersed spaces and experiences. Key characteristics of the new frontier city, such as spectacle, subterfuge, simulation and speculation, are manifested in the work's thematic and stylistic approaches. The first text explores a variety of celluloid and fictional sources, and the second uses fiction, to examine the collapse of distinction between the "real" (traditionally represented by the city and urban formations) and the hyperreal (presented by fictionality). Each text ultimately functions as a treatise on how the writer can merge both fictional and non-fictional perspectives to construct meaning and narrative in the seemingly random and impenetrable urban landscapes of the new frontier.
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