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Rights of Way

The body as witness in public space

Onomatopee 195

The movements of our individual and collective bodies through cities and space have long, complex histories. Despite bodily movement being viewed as an everyday, quotidian act, when considered at length, our ability (or inability) to move through certain places and spaces transforms us from bystanders into activators and witnesses of our cities. This leads us to question what it means to move in this world, and how ‘public’ our public spaces can be.

Featuring works from Pauline Agustoni, Elia Castino, The Dazzle Club, Shannon Finnegan, Corinne Heyrman, Paoletta Holst, Alessandro Marchi, Jeannette Petrik and Soeria van den Wijngaard.

Taking inspiration from Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: A History of Walking, this exhibition seeks out our rights of way. With our contemporary social, political and cultural landscapes in mind, we look back to the tradition of the flâneur as the ‘botanist of the sidewalk’ and the ‘painter of modern life’ as a backdrop to our understandings, to delve deeper into authorship in urban planning, ownership over public space and most of all, our ability to roam in the world.

At a time when widespread gentrification and division dominate our social, political and economic realities, when age, gender, race, sexual-orientation, mobility or economic status define where we are able to be present, when digital and physical surveillance follows our every move, and when testimonies of harassment and violation, of exclusion and segregation colour our contemporary realities, we are urged to ask, who has the rights of way?

Inspired by the grass-roots testimony, academic resources and critical inquiry offered by poets, theorists, artists, architects and designers, Rights of Way explores the body as witness in public space through a multi-medium format of soundscape, film, oral testimony, interview and text. Portraying differing scales and perspectives, geographical locations and time periods it aims to build upon a multitude of experiences and further the intersections between body, imagination, witnessing and the city, to consider another civil choreography.

 

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Onomatopee 195, Amy Gowen, 2021

Rights of Way

The Body as Witness in Public Space

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Rights of Way, the body as witness in public space takes our bodily movements as a departure point to cross into the terrains of art, culture, architecture, sociology, literature,
and politics, to envision varied forms of witnessing, and apply them to our direct environments. When many must still campaign to claim their stake in the public realm; when hate crimes and acts of institutional violence persist in the public sphere; when cities continue to grapple with the effects of mass surveillance, precarious citizenship, widespread gentrification, and divisive body politics, we seek to question, challenge, and re-envision who have the rights of way.

This publication comprises a collection of essays, interviews, texts, and images from a range of artists, researchers, academics, architects, and historians. Together, the contributions question our positions of access and in-access in space, and, in doing so, orchestrate the act of witnessing as a vital component in provid- ing meaning to our cities.

With contributions from: Pauline Agustoni, Elia Castino, The Dazzle Club, Shannon Finnegan, Kevin Gotkin, Annee Grøtte Viken, Amy Gowen, Christa-Maria Lerm-Hayes, Corinne Heyrman, Paoletta Holst, Rahma Khazam, Alessandro Marchi, Jeannette Petrik & Soeria van den Wijngaard.

Dimensions
130 x 200 mm / 5.11 x 7.87 inch (portrait)
Pages
236
ISBN
978-94-93148-70-3
Editor
Amy Gowen
Author
Pauline Agustoni, Elia Castino, The Dazzle Club, Christa-Maria Lerm-Hayes, Rahma Khazam, Annee Grøtte Viken, Soeria van den Wijngaard, Shannon Finnegan, Kevin Gotkin, Corinne Heyrman, Paoletta Holst, Jeannette Petrik and Alessandro Marchi
Graphic
Studio Bramesfeld
Language
English
Release date
20220117
Binding
sewn-glued
Paper
Munken Lynx 240 gr. (cover) G-print 80 gr. (inside)
Edition
1000
Color
part 4/4 and part 2/2 + 1 PMS
Printer
Printon, Tallin (Est.)
Font
Avara Bold & Bold Italic, Sohne Buch & Buch Kursiv
Onomatopee project manager
Amy Gowen
Made possible by
Mondriaan foundation, Cultuur Eindhoven, Provincie Noord-Brabant.
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