CANCELED: On Looking: New York Through Fresh Eyes
For most of our lives we ignore the world around us. Walking through the city, we often pay more attention to our cell phones than the myriad stimuli we encounter on the street, from people and pigeons to sounds and smells. In her book, On Looking, Barnard professor of psychology Alexandra Horowitz renews her attention to the complexity of an ordinary “walk around the block,” by walking with and talking to people with distinct perspectives—an artist, a sound engineer, a journalist, an insect tracker, and others. In this event, Horowitz and panelists including Madeline Schwartzman, Barnard adjunct professor and author of See Yourself Sensing; Avery Gilbert, PhD, self-described “smell scientist” and sensory psychologist; Ian Frazier, journalist and author; and Margaret Mittelbach, adjunct professor of environmental studies at NYU, discuss what they notice when taking a walk in the city, revealing the layers of things we could see right in front of us—if only we’d open our eyes.