On a hybrid flaneur/flaneuse (pt.I)

Hybrid Flaneur

Text: Bill Psarras © 2014

Bill Psarras Bill Psarras

Walking in the city has a long-standing tradition of different conceptual threads. In the words of Rebecca Solnit (2001: 3) it is ‘the most obvious and the most obscure thing in the world’. Urban walking has been the nexus between people and the city by linking them to a series of everyday, socio-cultural and even imaginative terrains. Walking in the streets forms an action that contributes to the choreography of urban rhythms. It is really about a spatial enunciation of place, as De Certeau (1984) has also argued. Maybe the distinction of Wunderlich (2008: 125-139) on walking synopsizes things by referring to it as ‘purposive’ (i.e. everyday from A to B), ‘discursive’ (i.e. flaneur – strolling without specific destination) and ‘conceptual’ (i.e. psychogeographical derive, aesthetic-performative walking actions). Everyone in the city – all of us in our daily lives compose and perform spatial stories…

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