The Politics of Cultural Programming in Public Spaces

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Victoria Watts, Robert W. Gehl
Cambridge Scholars Pub., Jan 1, 2010 - Art - 178 pages
In our digital media saturated lives, where we spend increasing amounts of time in "virtual worlds" such as Second Life or online on blogs and video sites, it can be easy to forget about public spaces. Unlike content in virtual worlds, cultural programs in public spaces are events that are lived and experienced bodily and sensuously. Museum exhibits, public music performances, sports, art festivals - these events and spaces are truly immediate, which is to say that they are lived bodily by those that participate in and produce them. While media might be involved, these phenomena are wholly different from broadcast mass media objects. This book, The Politics of Cultural Programming in Public Spaces, interrogates these events and spaces in order to discover - and recover - the ways in which they affect subjectivity. We offer this not in lieu of interrogations of our heavily mediated world, but as a reminder that public spaces and public events still matter to millions of people worldwide.

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Victoria Watts is Lecturer in Dance at The Royal Academy of Dance in London, and is currently completing her doctoral dissertation titled Patterns of embodiment: dance notation and visual culture for which she received a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship and Summer Research Grant from the Social Science Research Council, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. She has previously been the recipient of a Fulbright Award for graduate study in the US, and the Selma Jeanne Cohen Award from the Society of Dance History Scholars. Robert W. Gehl is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at George Mason University. His dissertation examines the social Web, and he has published research in The International Journal of Cultural Studies and Nebula. He is coordinator of the Writing Assistance Center at Northern Virginia Community College.

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