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Murray Mckenzie 小莫

Contact

Murray MckenzieSupervision: Andrew Harris (primary); Caroline Bressey (secondary).

Funding: UCL Overseas Research Scholarship; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship; Chinese Government Scholarship.

From September 2015 to July 2016, I was in residence as a senior visiting scholar in the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, under the supervision of Tong Xin (童昕).

I am an Associate Fellow of the United Kingdom Higher Education Academy.

murray.mckenzie.14@ucl.ac.uk

 

Research

My primary research focus is concerned with an interdisciplinary perspective on urban geographies of contemporary art, working between urban spaces of art production and spaces produced by art, through both representation and intervention, both within and beyond the city. The core component of this research draws on fieldwork in Beijing, China, including ethnographic interviews and participatory observation in the Heiqiao artists' village (黑桥村). Combining these methods with visual analysis and archival research, I trace art's circulation through the city and its entanglement with imaginaries of the urban fringe and the village-in-the-city (城中村) and with ruination and the material traces of demolition and relocation (拆迁). This research also includes a theoretical component, engaging with debates on the contemporaneity of art and their relevance for relational ontologies of space.

I have a secondary research focus, exploring the possibilities for cultural memory research in the context of transnational and comparative urbanisms, focusing in particular on the production of contemporary art as a memory practice. I am presently preparing two papers associated with this research for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Education

2013    M.A. (Planning), School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Thesis title: (Re)Remembering the Inner City: Cultural Production, Reflexivity, and Vancouver’s Heritage Areas. Advisors: Thomas Hutton (primary); David Ley (secondary).

2009    B.A., Departments of Geography and History in Art, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada.

Visiting positions

2015 – 2016    Visiting senior scholar, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China. Advisor: Tong Xin (童昕).

 

Publications

Refereed journal articles

Mckenzie, Murray and Thomas Hutton. (2015). Culture-led regeneration in the post-industrial built environment: complements and contradictions in Victory Square, Vancouver. Journal of Urban Design, 20(1), 8-27.

Republished in Quentin Stevens (Ed.). (2016). Creative Milieux: How Urban Design Nurtures Creative Clusters (pp. 8-27). London: Routledge.

Other publications

Mckenzie, Murray. (2017). ‘Huanchong’ de kongjian shixue [On the spatial poetics of ‘buffering’] (Yin Y., trans.). Li Binyuan: Huanchong. Beijing and Malmö: IFP. Invited exhibition catalogue essay.

Conference participation

Conferences/symposia organized

2015    Workshop co-convenor [with Yixiang Sun], ‘Placing’ Culture in Urban China: Towards a Transdisciplinary Dialogue, University College London, 2 July. Funded by the Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies.

2015    Conference co-organizer, Stadtkolloquium 6th Annual Workshop, University College London. Funded by the UCL Urban Lab.

Sessions organized

2018    Session co-convenor [with Shaun Teo], Peripherality in Asian Cities, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, 11 April.

2016    Sessions co-convenor [with Yueming Zhang], Global Art Worlds and a World of Cities, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, 1 April.

Papers presented

2018    Producing comparability in the urban now: from Walter Benjamin to the research field. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, 10-14 April.

2017    Coming together and apart in the urban periphery: the art village as place of intersection in Beijing, China. Remapping the Arts, Heritage, and Cultural Production: Between Policies and Practices in East and Southeast Asian Cities. National University Singapore, 16-17 August.

2017    Assembling the sites of art: from the art village to the artistic imagination in Beijing. International Conference on China Urban Development, University College London, 5-6 May.

2017    (Extra)ordinary Beijing: on urban ontologies and artistic practice [co-authored with Julie Ren]. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, 5-9 April.

2016    On the urban locations of art: observations from the fringe of Beijing. Space in Mind: Asylum Topographies, Bethlem Gallery, London, 22 September.

2016   Art labour at large [co-authored with Shuang Li]. Overwhelming Imagination: Achieving and Undermining Contradictions, Sishang Art Museum, Beijing, 4-5 July.

2016    Contemporaneity, comparative urban geographies, and the spatial imaginaries of contemporary art. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, 29 March – 2 April.

2015    Contesting the politics of representation and remembrance: can art save Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. London Conference of Critical Thought, University College London, 26-27 June.

2015    Urban memory and the contested cultural quarter: art as counter-memory in Vancouver, Canada. Cultures in Disarray: Deconstruction/Reconstruction, King’s College London, 11-12 June.

2015    Arts of memory, landscapes of memory: remembrance and ruination in experimental art on Beijing’s urban fringe. Stadtkolloquium Annual Workshop, University College London, 30-31 March.

2014    Urban memory and the contested cultural quarter: exploring the ‘Downtown Eastside’ in Vancouver, Canada. Controversies Around Creativity in Cities Workshop, Berlin Social Science Center, 23-24 October.

2013    Cultural production, reflexivity, and the re-remembrance of the inner city. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, 9-13 April.

2012    (Re)remembering the inner city: appropriations of history and myth in Vancouver’s creative industries. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York, 24-28 February.

Professional activities

Teaching experience

2018    Course lecture, University College London, UK. ‘GEOG3078: Global Urbanisms’. Course convenors: Jennifer Robinson and Jonathan Rock.

2018    Postgraduate teaching assistant, University College London, UK. ‘GEOG3078: Global Urbanisms’. Course convenors: Jennifer Robinson and Jonathan Rock.

2017    Postgraduate teaching assistant, University College London, UK. ‘URBNG002: Urban Imaginations’. Course convenor: Andrew Harris.

2016    Course lecture, University College London, UK. ‘URBNG002: Urban Imaginations’. Course convenor: Andrew Harris.

2016    Course lecture, Peking University, Beijing, China. ‘Chanye Dili [Industrial Geography]’. Course instructor: Tong Xin.

2016    Course designer and instructor, Liuyin Academy, Beijing, China. ‘Fundamentals of Human Geography’, ‘Issues in Human Geography’, ‘Fundamentals of Art History’, ‘Art History: The Western Perspective’.

2015    Course lecture, University College London, UK. ‘URBNG003: Creative Cities’. Course convenor: Andrew Harris.

2010    Seminar leader, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada. ‘Design History and Culture’. Course instructor: Patrick Chan.

Research experience

2011 – 2013    Research assistant, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. ‘A tale of two cities: the new economies of Vancouver and Seattle’. Principal investigators: Trevor Barnes and Thomas Hutton.

Professional service

2017    Peer reviewer, cultural geographies.

2017    Peer reviewer, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

2015    Peer reviewer, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space.

2015    Peer reviewer, Journal of Urban Design.

2014 – 2015    Steering committee member, Stadtkolloquium, University College London, London, UK.

2010 – 2011    Assistant director, Planning Students’ Association, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.