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Category Archives: Embodiment & performance

What we’re reading: TAKE Space (Issue 4.2)

A Kahnawake ironworker atop a column in New York City in the 1960s [photo credit: KANIEN’KEHAKA ONKWAWENNA RAOTITIOHKWA CULTURAL CENTER] TAKE‘s Space issue (May 2010) considers the spatialities of digital and lived environments. Videoconferencing collapses geography and shifts social spaces from offices to screens, making one more aware than ever before of the different layers […]

Lively/Lived Space: Salzburg and L’vivly Space

Eastern Europe’s cities are an education in different regimes of public space. Within the spatialisation Lefebvre describes as modernist, rationalized ‘Abstract Space’ public areas of cities are reduced to their function, utility and managed in terms of maximizing value within an overarching vision of land as a commodity to be bought and sold. Although utility […]

Book Review: A Construção do Lugar pela Arte Contemporânea

Marta Traquino, A Construção do Lugar pela Arte Contemporânea [The Construction of Place in Contemporary Art]. 2010. Ribeirão, Portugal: Húmus Editions. 172 pp. ISBN: 9789898139320 Reviewed by Andrea Mubi Brighenti, Department of Sociology, University of Trento (IT) “Marching Piece” performance by George Maciunas. Flux Snow Event, New Marlborough (Massachusetts), 1977. Contemporary artworks have addressed space […]

Portable cities

YIN XIUZHEN Portable City: Jia Yu Guan, 2009 Courtesy Beijing Commune “While Beijing has been the focus of inspiration for much of Yin Xiuzhen‘s work, documenting the process of deconstruction and reconstruction, Yin has since installed her work worldwide, examining cultural changes in different locales. Investigating the repercussions of globalization, with the massive changes brought […]

Academic space and culture

I recently learned of University of Chicago PhD student Eli Thorkelson‘s blog, Decasia: Critique of Academic Culture and it is wonderful to read. Eli’s PhD project comprises an anthropological analysis of university culture, and he’s also looking at the socialisation of graduate students. I remember being told as a Master’s student that it was not […]