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Cian O'Callaghan



urban geography weight movement photographs time and space history reading

Lightness and Weight: (Re)Reading Urban Potentialities Through Photographs (2012)

Abstract For Serres, the city is an imperfect citation perpetually reproducing and transforming itself. No matter how deep we dig into its historical layers ‘...another point always interpolates itself iteratively, in front of it. One city demands another city, one history requires another; but we do not really know how time flows’ (Serres 1991:39, in Crang and Travlou 2001:174). Time and space, for Serres, are ‘pleated’ in that other temporalities and spatialities are always suggested in any given moment in any given place. Thus, the city always escapes from the net of totalising narratives that seek to encapsulate it, wriggles free of the ‘Gods-eye’ view, eludes the orderly vision of what de Certeau (1984) calls the ‘concept city’. Cities exist in a state of relational tension between attempts to represent them and their inherent multiplicity. As such, the city is a constantly shifting spasm of relations, writhing in and out of the flows of movement and stasis, which can be apprehended in moments of (perceived) unitary meaning before again dissolving into the ether of urban flux.
Collections Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Type = Book Section
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Subject = Social Sciences
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Subject = Social Sciences: Geography
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Status = Published

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Cian O'Callaghan
Maynooth University
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