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Urban Sites of the Everyday and the International: The Other City and the Aesthetic Subject

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Matt DaviesORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Oxford University Press, 2020.

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The Other City is a downloadable audio play performed by the listener in an urban setting. Its performance opens an opportunity to explore perceptions of the city through comparisons with urban experiences in Rio de Janeiro. The cities are thus encountered as aesthetic subjects, or subjects who ‘articulate and mobilize thinking’ (Shapiro 2013:11). This chapter begins with an overview of the field of aesthetic research into cities and how methods that have emerged in the performance-as-research paradigm have helped illuminate urbanism and critique received wisdom about contemporary urbanisation. It goes on to explain The Other City and how the play mobilises and challenges notions of performance as research. By examining how the performance of the everyday became a political gesture in Rio in preparation for the Olympics, it shows how politics can be inaugurated in the everyday. It concludes more cautiously, however, insisting that performance cannot provide political guarantees.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Davies M

Editor(s): Rai SM; Ghulovic M; Jestrovic S; Saward M

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The Oxford Handbook of Politics and Performance

Year: 2020

Pages: 728

Print publication date: 03/08/2021

Acceptance date: 20/11/2019

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Place Published: New York


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780190863456