URBAN APPOINTMENT: A Possible Rendez-Vous With the City (pdf)_brian massumi


Space and Culture: Possible cities

“To catch the city in a different light, the Situationists recommended making virtual appointments.1 A group member was asked to show up at a certain corner at a predesignated time. Neither party knew who the other was. Steeped in uncertainty, the encounter was destined to remain merely a possibility. Merely a possibility? Fully a possibility. Think of what it feels like going to meet someone you have never seen before in a public place. Every person walking by might be about to step into your life. The slightest of gestures amplifies into an emergent sign of recognition. The space around is no longer a neutral frame. It is charged with anticipated gazes leading potential approaches…”


Filed under: locative, research, situationist, urban

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