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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Performance and the Contemporary City

An Interdisciplinary Reader

ISBN 9780230527201
Publication Date June 2010
Formats Paperback Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

Whybrow's interdisciplinary collection of urban writings demonstrates how performance is 'at work' in the city. His selection highlights both diversity and the potential for interaction, drawing attention to the possible identities produced by the multi-faceted nature of the modern metropolis.  

NICOLAS WHYBROW is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of Street Scenes, linking Brechtian and Benjaminian ideas to an experience of contemporary Berlin, and Art and the City (I.B.Tauris, 2009).

List of Illustrations
How Scratched Car Revealed the Price of a Peasant's Life; J.Watts
Naples; W.Benjamin and A.Lacis
Eight Fragments on Theatre and the City; T.Etchells
Sleepwalking in the Modern City: Walter Benjamin and Sigmund Freud in the World of Dreams; S.Pile
Moving in the Cityscape: Performance and the Embodied Experience of the Flâneur; P.Küppers
A Manifesto for a New Walking Culture: 'Dealing with the City'; Wrights and Sites
Situationism; C.Lavery
'The Map is not the Territory': The Unfinished Journey of the Situationist International; A.Hussey
'The Accident of Where I Live' Journeys on the Caledonian Road; R.Wentworth
'How Long I 'Been On?': Marc Dion's Performative Archaeology of the City; A.Coles
What a Carry On; L.Gardner
Nosing Around: A Singapore Scent Trail; P.Rae with L.K.Hong
The Pepys of London E11: Graeme Miller and the Politics of Linked; C.Lavery
Wandering and Wondering: Following Janet Cardiff's Missing Voice; S. Gorman
Attempt at Rhythmanalysis of Mediterranean Cities; H.Lefebvre and C.Régulier
Rumours: A Conversation Between Francis Alÿs and James Lingwood (extract)
Graffiti; S.J.Smith
Skating on Thin Eyes: the First Walk (extract); I.Sinclair
The Policing of the Artist; M.Bunting
Horror Vacui; U.Hofbauer and F.Derschmidt
Radioballet; LIGNA
Circle Line Party; Space Hijackers
Paris Plage; B.Delanoë
An Explosion of Delight; G.Dyer
Non-places; M.Augé
All the World's a Car Park; J.Winter
By Way of a Conclusion: One Place After Another (extract); M.Kwon
Performing the City: Kyrysztof Wodiczko; N.Kaye
The Right to Participate in the Work of the Imagination; A.Appadurai
Zero Tolerance, Maximum Surveillance?: Deviance, Difference and Crime Control in the Late Modern City; N.Fyfe
A Nigger in Cyberspace; K.Piper
Cyborg City; J.Harkin
25 Instructions for Performance in Cities; C.Lavery


This is essential reading for those approaching the city through the lens of live performance' - LAURA LEVIN, Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies, York University, California
'The material in this book is intellectually and poetically rich, suggestive, informative and engaging. The book ranges impressively and enticingly across different critical and creative practices, as well as from the early twentieth century to the present and to different parts of the globe.' - JEN HARVIE, Reader in Theatre and Performance, Queen Mary University of London, UK
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