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Space-Body-Ritual : Performativity in the City

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Set against the contemporary thinking of the city as a spectacle, Space-Body-Ritual: Performativity in the City establishes everyday life in the city as a ground for authentic experience. Reena Tiwari emphasizes the city as a space of lived experience-an intricately layered space giving people a poetic experience, responding to their memories and desires. She also explores the conflict between two ideas: the idea of thee 'city as text' to be read and understood from a distance, and the 'city as body,' where the body, after writing the text through its performance, achieves the capacity to read and understand it. Space-Body-Ritual demonstrates that the abstract 'seeing' embedded in the 'city as a text' is underwritten by the idea of power operating at deeper levels in the city. This hidden power is the power of the user's body in space. Furthermore, Tiwari proposes that an understanding of the 'city as body' through lived experience-through rhythmanalysis, where rhythms of everyday and extra everyday practices are understood-leads to the design of an environment that is evocative and is able to generate a bodily response from the user. To understand the rhythms, it becomes essential to know the way users inhabit, understand and map or present the city spaces by their bodies. Space-Body-Ritual will compel its readership to think of the parameters of spatial design as cultural generator.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739128574
  • 9780739128572
  • 691,457

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Performing the rhythms of life requires paying close attention to the relation between body and space. The emphasis on ritual as a means of searching out this relation is important, and makes for a vibrant and rewarding book. -- Nigel Thrift, University of Warwick Space-Body-Ritual is a pioneering book that explores the relationship between architectural space and the body in addition to examining the performativity in India's holy city of Varanasi. The sacrality of space and time, functionality of the lifeways, and spatiality of architectural places are vividly illustrated with theoretical constructs, spatial models, and narratives of the ongoing ritual dramas that converge into the making of 'place ballet'. This book is a tour de force. -- Rana P.B. Singh, Banaras Hindu University, Indiashow more

About Reena Tiwari

Reena Tiwari is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Urban and Regional Planning and Architecture at Curtin University of Technology.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 PREFACE: PERFORMATIVITY IN CITIES Chapter 2 CHAPTER 1. I AM A RHYTHM-ANALYST Chapter 3 CHAPTER 2. CONTEXTUALIZING SPACE -BODY - RITUAL Chapter 4 CHAPTER 3. CONTEXTUALIZING CITY AND THE BODY Part 5 PART ONE - CONSTRUCTING LIVED SPACE Chapter 6 CHAPTER 4. VARANASI - A VIEW FROM AFAR Chapter 7 CHAPTER 5. VARANASI AS A SPECTACLE Chapter 8 CHAPTER 6. BODY PERFORMANCE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF LIVED SPACE IN VARANASI Part 9 PART TWO - THE NATURE OF LIVED SPACE Chapter 10 CHAPTER 7. MEMORY AND THE LIVED EXPERIENCE Chapter 11 CHAPTER 8. SPATIALIZING MEMORIES THROUGH PERFORMANCE IN VARANASI Part 12 PART THREE - MAPPING LIVED SPACE Chapter 13 CHAPTER 9. MAPPING A CITY Chapter 14 CHAPTER 10. CONSTRUCTING RITUALISED MAPS OF VARANASI Chapter 15 CONCLUSION: PERFORMATIVITY AND LIVED SPACEshow more

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