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Walking the City
Transcript of Walking the City
The Physical City
The Social City
The Emotional City
The Represented City
Art as resistance
Heritage and Monuments
Performing Citizen / Public Body
MFA UCT's Michaelis School of Fine Art
2005 'Further Fictions in Print'
UCT, Michaelis in Discourse and Art Theory
Rhodes University in Grahamstown in
Visual and Art History
- rhetorics of walking
City Project FIN2028S
Dérive vs the Flaneur
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?
WORK IS THE
WE DEMAND GAMES WITH GREAT SERIOUSNESS
Paris by night
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
KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westerns) in Berlin
The Department Store
Some of the many things a flâneur was
"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
The Return of The Flaneur
The Theory of the Derive