Urban Sensographies views the human body as a highly-nuanced sensor to explore how various performance-based methods can be implemented to gather usable ‘felt data’ about the environment of the city as the basis for creating embodied mappings.
The contributors to this fascinating volume seek to draw conclusions about the constitution, character and morphology of urban space as public, habitable and sustainable by monitoring the reactions of the human body as a form of urban sensor. This co-authored book is centrally concerned, as a symptom of the degree to which cities are evolving in the 21st century, to examine the effects of this change on the practices and behaviours of urban dwellers. This takes into account such factors as: defensible space, retail and consumer space, legacies of modernist design in the built environment, the effects of surveillance technologies, motorised traffic and smart phone use, the integration of ‘wild’ as well as ‘domesticated’ nature in urban planning and living, and the effects of urban pollution on the earth’s climate.
Drawing on three years of funded practical research carried out by a multi-medial team of researchers and artists, this book’s analysis of the presence and movement of the human body in urban space is essential reading for academics and practitioners in the fields of dance, film, visual art, sound technology, digital media and performance studies.
Table of Contents
Urban Sensographies: an Introduction - Nicolas Whybrow; Chapter 1 Ring Cycle: a Coventry Convolute - Nicolas Whybrow; Chapter 2 The Ignorant Camera - Michael Pigott; Chapter 3 Moving and Mapping: Exploring Embodied Approaches to Urban Design and Planning - Natalie Garrett Brown & Emma Meehan with Amy Voris & Christian Kipp; Chapter 4 urbanflows (immersed in worlds): Choreographing Body-Environment Metabolisms - Carolyn Deby; Conclusion: Paradigms of Performance - Nicolas Whybrow; Postscript: to Sense the City - Carl Lavery; Bibliography
Nicolas Whybrow is Professor of Urban Performance Studies in the School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures at the University of Warwick, UK. His most recent book is Contemporary Art Biennials in Europe: the Work of Art in the Complex City (2020).