You,Things&OthersTogetherCombin ed. The Flâneur, re-dérived. It is the balance between intimacy and exposure within public that shapes the way in which embodiment manifests itself. I propose that it comes in two forms; a more purposeful and open relationship with the city, and a more temporal, fleeting type of embodiment, which relates to the individual’s relationship within a moment in time within a particular context. The Swan by Charles Baudelaire (below) outlines this intimate, allegorical relationship with the city of his past that shaped his understanding of a modern Paris. In either situation, it comes back to the relationship between intimacy and exposure. How we as individuals relate to, and perceive the spaces around us is loaded with our own contextual framework, our own ‘bodies without organs.’ In other words, the process by which we engage with the city. What is the role of the flâneur in an epoch where rural areas have become more novel than urban spaces, and then furthermore, what is the role of the designer ‘designing’ embodied experiences?
‘The Swan’, Charles Baudelaire (Fleur du Mal)
Image: Taken By Author, Berlin, July 2011
The process of the project will be a series of designed scenarios that examine this relationship from different angles. This will range from first-hand interventions in public that deal with the relationship with space and others, through to a proposing different ways of viewing the surrounding environment.
The outcome of the project will be a series of dramatisations that display the results of the interventions, artefacts from proposals and trials, and a series of diagrams that explain the process and thinking behind the projects.
Image: Mark Pimlott, ‘Montréal’ from ‘In Passing’ (2010)
Image: From ‘Time Machines Reloaded’, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands