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Walking the City

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Natasha Norman

on 13 August 2013

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Transcript of Walking the City

Deconstructing the City
The Physical City

The Social City

The Emotional City

The Represented City

Art as resistance


Heritage and Monuments

Performing Citizen / Public Body
Why walking?
Augmented Reality

New Technologies

Google Glass
Walking the
City -

Natasha Norman

Academic Background
MFA UCT's Michaelis School of Fine Art
2005 'Further Fictions in Print'

Lectured at:
UCT, Michaelis in Discourse and Art Theory
Rhodes University in Grahamstown in
Visual and Art History
Research Interests
Situationist dérive
- rhetorics of walking

City Project FIN2028S
The Situationists
Dérive vs the Flaneur



New Urbanism

Society of the Spectacle
The spectacle is not a collection of images; it is a social relation between people that is mediated by images.
The spectacle cannot be understood as a mere visual excess produced by mass-media technologies. It is a worldview that has actually been materialized, a view of a world that has become objective.
Understood in its totality, the spectacle is both the result and the project of the dominant mode of production.

Separation is itself an integral part of the unity of this world, of a global social practice split into reality and image.

- Guy Debord

What is public art?


May 1968

New Urbanism


Guy Debordd

Paris by night
Asper Jorn


invisibility in the city / anonymous movement through the crowd > blending in
unlimited access > belonging/being of this place
detached observation > drifting
ability to read the city > understanding the codes, the nuances of the crowd / the architecture
desire to capture the essence of city life /creating, writing, thinking the/a (new) city

signs of flânerie:

Flâneur (Fr., noun):
stroller, lounger, saunterer, loafer

flâner (Fr., verb): to stroll
Flânerie (Fr., noun): the activity/pursuit of strolling

The Flaneur

Asper Jorn

KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westerns) in Berlin

The Department Store

Some of the many things a flâneur was
for Baudelaire:
"a person who walks the city in order
to experience it"
"a gentleman stroller of city streets"
"a disengaged and cynical voyeur”
(the contemporary artist should be)
"a botanist of the sidewalk"


GUSTAVE CAILLEBOTTE: "Paris Street, rainy day" 1877

Guy Debord, Michele Bernstein and Asger Jorn

Shopping Arcades

The Return of The Flaneur
(Walter Benjamin)

The Theory of the Derive
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