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Rights of Way: The Body as Witness in Public Space

Rights of Way: The Body as Witness in Public Space

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Editor: Amy Gowen. Publisher: Onomatopee, 2021. ISBN: 9789493148703. Format: Softcover, 130 x 200 mm, 236pp.

The movements of our individual and collective bodies through cities and space have long, complex histories. Despite associations with the everyday, the seemingly obvious or even the mundane; when considered at length, our bodily movements, and our ability (or inability) to move through space and place transforms us from mere bystanders into activators and witnesses of our cities.

Against our current backdrop of shifting city borders, mass surveillance, tightening immigration controls, technological advancements, precarious citizenship rights, widespread gentrification, divisive body politics and limited access to public space, Rights of Way weaves together testimony, academic research, essay, fiction, analysis and interview to question who has the rights of way to gather the past, the present and the future of public space and to envision new forms of witnessing for the cities in which we reside.

Edited by Amy Gowen, Preface by Amy Gowen, Introduction by Amy Gowen, with contributions by Pauline Agustoni, Elia Castino, The Dazzle Club, Christa-Maria Lerm-Hayes, Rahma Khazam, Annee Grøtte Viken, Soeria van den Wijngaard, Shannon Finnegan, Kevin Gotkin, Corinne Heyrman, Paoletta Holst, Jeannette Petrik, Alessandro Marchi.