Saturday, April 25, 2009


Place Urbanity by Jeffrey Shaw (2001) from UNSW iCinema Centre on Vimeo.

I found this thought-provoking definition of urbanity. As you can hear and see it is from down under......what do you recon....

"The human being.....has a need to see, to hear, to touch, to taste and the need to gather these perceptions in a 'world'. To these anthropological needs which are socially elaborated (that is, sometimes separated, sometimes joined together, here compressed and there hypertrophied), can be added specific needs which are not satisfied by those commercial and cultural infrastructures which are somewhat parsimoniously take into account by planners. This refers to the need for creative activity, for the oeuvre (not only products and consumable material goods), of the need for information, symbolism, the imaginary and play" (Lefebvre 1996:147).

I think there are sequences where little bit of both appear in the video. Play and planning. As we zoom in and "zoom" around.

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