D01
Streetscapes: Affective Encounters between People and Things

Convenors:
Maruska Svasek (Queen's University Belfast)
Discussant:
Jeremy MacClancy (Oxford Brookes University)
Stream:
The Future of 'Traditional' Art Practices and Knowledge
Location:
Room 12
Sessions:
Wednesday 4 September, 9:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, 16:00-17:30

Short abstract:

This session calls for ethnographically informed papers that explore affective encounters between people and things in concrete street environments. Both conventional paper presentations and creative experiments are welcome.

Long abstract:

Alleyways, boulevards, corners, foot paths, motorways, squares… Asphalt, bricks, cobblestones, grass, mud, pavement, pebbles, sand, stepping stones, tarmac, tiles… Art galleries, bakeries, boundary markers, candy stories, doorbells, inscriptions, name plates, plaques, road signs, statues, windows, wheel chairs… Artists, beggars, cyclists, drivers, joggers, passers-by, shoppers, refugees… Admiration, anguish, belief, critique, desire, destruction, disappointment, grief, hunger, nostalgia… The ABC of streetscape dynamics calls for a focused examination of the ways in which people create, move through, and use public space, and the manner in which the materiality of street life inspires, affords, shapes and limits discourses, practices and embodied experiences of, and in, streets. The session invites ethnographically informed papers that explore affective encounters between people and things in concrete street environments. Both conventional paper presentations and creative experiments are welcome.