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Reading - Performance & the Contemporary City - 2013-14

Core Reading

Amin, A. and N. Thrift (eds) (2002) Cities: Re-imagining the Urban, Cambridge: Polity Press

Augé, M. (1995) Non-Places, London: Routledge .

Banksy (2005) Wall Piece, London: Century.

Barley, N. (ed) (2000) Breathing Cities: the Architecture of Movement, Berlin: Birkhäuser.

Benjamin, W. (1997) One-Way Street, London: Verso.

Borden, I. et al (eds) (2000) The City Cultures Reader, London: Routledge.

Borden, I. et al (eds) (2002) The Unknown City: Contesting Architecture and Social Space, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Bridge, G. and S. Watson (eds) (2000) A Companion to the City, Oxford: Blackwell.

Calvino, I. (1997) Invisible Cities, London: Vintage.

De Certeau, M. (1988) The Practice of Everyday Life, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Gavin, F. (2007) Street Renegades: New Underground Art, London: Laurence King Publishing.

Harvey, J. (2009) Theatre and the City, foreword T. Etchells, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Haydn, F. and R. Temel (eds) (2006) Temporary Urban Spaces: Concepts for the Use of City Space, Basel: Birkhäuser.

Highmore, B. (2002) Everyday Life and Cultural Theory, London: Routledge.

Hopkins, D. J., S. Orr and K. Solga (eds) (2009) Performance and the City, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Knabb, K. (ed) (1981) Situationist International Anthology, Berkeley: Bureau of Public Secrets.

Leach, N. (ed) (1997) Rethinking Architecture, London: Routledge.

Leach, N. (ed) (2002) The Hieroglyphics of Space: Reading and Experiencing the Modern Metropolis, London: Routledge.

Lefevbre, H. (2005) Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life, London and New York: Continuum.

McDonough, T. (ed) (2010) The Situationists and the City, London and New York: Verso.

Parker, S. (2004) Urban Theory and Urban Experience: Encountering the City, London: Routledge.

Pile, S. and N. Thrift (eds) (2000) City A-Z, London: Routledge

Pile, S. (2005) Real Cities, London: Sage Publications.

Read, A. (ed) (2000) Architecturally Speaking, London: Routledge.

Whybrow, N. (ed) (2010) Performance and the Contemporary City: an Interdisciplinary Reader, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Whybrow, N. (2010) Art and the City, London and New York: I.B. Tauris.

Wrights and Sites (eds) (2006) A Mis-guide to Anywhere, Exeter: Wrights and Sites.

Further/supplementary reading

Adams, K. (2006) ‘The Threshold of the Real: a Site for Participatory Resistance in Blast Theory’s Uncle Roy All Around You (2003)’, Body, Space and Technology, 6 (1):

Alÿs, F., C. Lampert and J. Lingwood (eds) (2005) Francis Alÿs Seven Walks, London, 2004-5, London: Artangel.

Anon (ed) (2010) Mythogeography, Axminster: Triarchy Press.

Augé, M. (2002) In the Metro, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Bachelard, G. (1968) The Poetics of Space, Boston: Beacon Press.

Barber, S. (1995) Fragments of the European City, London: Reaktion Books.

Barber, S. (2001) Extreme Europe, London: Reaktion Books.

Barber, S. (2006) The Vanishing Map: a Journey from New York to Tokyo to the Heart of Europe, Oxford and New York: Berg.

Barthes, R. (1982) Empire of Signs, trans. R. Howard, London: Jonathan Cape.

Beaumont, M and G. Dart (eds) (2010) Restless Cities, London and New York: Verso.

Benjamin, W. (1997) Charles Baudelaire: a Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism, London: Verso.

Benjamin, W. (2002) The Arcades Project, ed. R. Tiedemann, trans. H. Eiland and

K.McLaughlin, London and Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Bey, H. (2003) TAZ: the Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism, Brooklyn: Autonomedia.

Beyes, T., A. Deuflhard and S-T. Krempl (eds) (2009) Parcitypate: Art and Urban Space, Sulgen/Zürich: Verlag Niggli.

Bhagat, A. and L. Mogel (eds) (2008) An Atlas of Radical Cartography, Los Angeles: Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.

Blamey, D. (ed) (2002), Here, There, Elsewhere, London: Open Editions.

Borden, I. et al (eds) (1996) Strangely Familiar, London: Routledge.

Borden, I., B. Penner and J. Rendell (eds) (2000) Gender Space Architecture, London and New York: Routledge.

Borden, I. (2001) Skateboarding, Space and the City: Architecture and the Body, Oxford: Berg.

Boyer, C. M. (1998) The City of Collective Memory: Its Historical Imagery and Architectural Entertainments, Cambridge, MA. and London: MIT Press.

Brouwer, J., A. Mulder and L. Mertz (eds) (2002), Transurbanism, Amsterdam: NAI.

Bull, Michael (2000) Sounding Out the City: Personal Stereos and the management of Everyday Life (Oxford: Berg).

Burgin, V. (1996) Some Cities, London: Reaktion Books.

Calle, S. (2003) M’ as-tu Vue, Munich, London and New York: Prestel Verlag.

Chaudhuri, U. and E. Fuchs (eds) (2002) Land/Scape/Theatre, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan.

Christov-Bakargiev, C. (2001) Janet Cardiff: a Survey of Works Including Collaborations with George Bures Miller, New York: PS1 Contemporary Arts Center.

Cohen Cruz, J. (ed) (1998) Radical Street Performance, London: Routledge.

Coles, A. (ed) (2000) Site-specificity: the Ethnographic Turn (de-, dis-, ex-, 4), London: Black Dog Publishing.

Coverley, M. 2006) Psychogeography, Harpenden: Pocket Essentials.

Crang, M. and N. Thrift (2000) Thinking Space, London and New York: Routledge.

Cresswell, T. (1996) In Place/Out of Place: Geography, Ideology and Transgression, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Davis, M. (1984) City of Quartz, London: Verso.

Davis, M. (2000) Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster, London: Picador.

Dean, T. and J. Miller (eds) (2005) Place, London: Thames and Hudson.

Debord, G. (1987) Society of the Spectacle, London: rebel press.

Dennant, P. (1997) Urban Expression...Urban Assault...Urban Wildstyle...New York City Graffiti, London: Thames University Press.*(see website)

Deutsche, R. (1996) Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Doherty, C. and J. Millar (2000) Jane and Louise Wilson, London: Ellipsis.

Doherty, C. (ed) (2004) Contemporary Art: From Studio to Situation, London: Black Dog Publishing.

Doherty, C. (2009) Situation, London: Whitechapel Gallery and Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Evans, David (2012) The Art of Walking: a Field Guide, London: Black Dog Publishing.

Ferrell, J. (2003) Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Crime and Anarchy, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Finkelpearl, T. (ed) (2000) Dialogues in Public Art, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Ford, S. (2005) The Situationist International: a User’s Guide, London: Black Dog Publishing.

Freadman, S. (2004) PLOP: Recent Projects of the Public Art Fund, London: Merrell.

Frers, L. and L. Meier (eds) (2007) Encountering Urban Places – Visual and Material Performances in the City, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing.

Freud, S. (1990) ‘The Uncanny’ in Art and Literature (14), Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Fyfe, N. R. (ed) (1998) Images of the Street: Planning, Identity and Control in Public Space, London and New York: Routledge.

Gibson, A. and J. Kerr (eds) (2003) London: from Punk to Blair, London: Reaktion Books.

Gilloch, G. (1997) Myth and Metropolis: Walter Benjamin and the City, Cambridge: Polity.

Guidi, E. (ed) (2008) Urban Makers: Parallel Narratives of Grassroots Practice and Tensions, Berlin: b_books.

Hatherley, O. (2012) A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys through Urban Britain, London and New York: Verso.

Helmer, J. and F. Malzacher (eds) (2004) ‘Not Even a Game Anymore’: The Theatre of Forced Entertainment, Berlin: Alexander Verlag.

Hill, J. (ed) (1998) Occupying Architecture, London: Routledge.

Hoffman, Jens and Joan Jonas (2005) Perform, London: Thames and Hudson.

Ingold, T. and J. L. Vergunst (eds) (2008) Ways of Walking: Ethnography and Practice on Foot, Farnham: Ashgate Publishing.

Inura (ed) (2004) The Contested Metropolis: Six Cities at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Basel: Birkhäuser.

Jacobs, J. (1992) The Death and Life of Great American Cities, New York: Vintage Books.

Kaye, N. (2000) Site-Specific Art, London: Routledge.

Keiller, P. (1999) Robinson in Space, London: Reaktion Books.

Kingsnorth, P. (2008) Real England: the Battle Against the Bland, London: Portobello Books.

Kwon, M. (2002) One Place After Another, Cambridge, MA: MIT.

Ladd, B. (1998) The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Landscape, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.

Lacy, S. (1995) Mapping the Terrain, Seattle: Bay Press.

Lees, R. (ed) (2004) The Emancipatory City?, London: Sage Publications.

Lefebvre, H. (1996) Writings on Cities, Oxford: Blackwell.

Lefebvre, H. (1998) The Production of Space, Oxford: Blackwell.

Lewisohn, C. (2008) Street Art: the Graffiti Revolution, London: Tate Publishing.

Libeskind, D. (2001) The Space of Encounter, London: Thames and Hudson.

Ligget, H. (2003) Urban Encounters, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Lingwood, J. (ed) (1995), Rachel Whiteread: House, London: Phaidon.

Lynch, K. (1960) The Image of the City, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

MacDonald, N. (2001) The Graffiti Subculture: Youth, Masculinity and Identity in London and New York, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Mason, M. (2008) The Pirate’s Dilemma: How Hackers, Punk Capitalists and Graffiti Millionaires are Re-mixing our Culture, London: Allen Lane.

Massey, D. (1994) Space, Place and Gender, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Matzner, F. (ed) (2004) Public Art: a Reader, Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz.

Merrifield, A. (2002) Metromarxism: a Marxist Tale of the City, London and New York: Routledge.

Miles, M. (1997) Art, Space and the City, London: Routledge.

Miles, M. and T. Hall (eds) (2003) Urban Futures: Critical Commentaries on Shaping the City, New York and London: Routledge.

Miles, M (2007) Cities and Cultures, London and New York: Routledge.

Mitchell, W.J. (1995) City of Bits, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Mitchell, W.J. (2000) E-topia: ‘Urban life, Jim – but not as we know it’, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Mitchell, W.J. (2005) Placing Words: Symbols, Space, and the City, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Mock, R. (ed) (2009) Walking, Writing and Performance, Bristol and Chicago: Intellect.

Moore, R. (ed) (1999) Vertigo: the Strange New World of the Contemporary City, London: Laurence King Publishing.

Mumford, L. (1938) The Culture of Cities, London: Secker and Warburg.

Mumford, L. (1961) The City in History, Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Öncü, A. and P. Weyland (eds) (1997) Space, Culture and Power: New Identities in Globalising Cities, London: Zed Books.

Neurer, G. (ed) (2003) Untitled (Experience of Place), London: Koenig Books.

Paetzold, H. (ed) (1997) City Life: Essays on Urban Culture, Maastricht: Heinz Paetzold and Jan van Eyck Akademie.

Parsons, D. (2000) Streetwalking the Metropolis: Women, the City and Modernity, Oxford: University Press.

Pawley, M. (1998) Terminal Architecture, London Reaktion Books.

Pearson, M. and M. Shanks (2001) Theatre/Archaeology, London and New York: Routledge.

Pearson, M. (2010) Site-Specific Performance. Basingstoke: Plagrave Macmilan.

Phillips, S. (1999) Wallbangin' - Graffiti and Gays in LA, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Pietromarchi B. (ed) (2005) the [un]common place: art, public space and urban aesthetics in Europe, Rome: Fondazione Adriano Olivetti and Barcelona: Avtar.

Pile, S. (1996) The Body and the City: Psychoanalysis, Space and Subjectivity, London and New York: Routledge.

Raban, J. (1998) Soft City, London: Harvill Press.

Reader, J. (2005) Cities, London: Vintage.

Rendell, J. (2007) Art and Architecture: a Place Between, London: I.B. Tauris.

Roach, J. (1996) Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance (New York: Columbia University Press).

Rogoff, I. (2000) Terra Infirma: Geography’s Visual Culture, London: Routledge.

Rugg, J. (2010) Exploring Site-Specific Art, London and New York: IB Tauris.

Rykwert, J. (2000) The Seduction of Place: the City in the 21st Century, London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson.

Sadler, S. (1998) The Situationist City, Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press.

Saunders, D. (2010) Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History is Reshaping the World, London: Heinemann.

Scheepers, I. (2004) Graffiti and Urban Space, Sydney: University of Sydney Press.

Sennett, R. (1992) The Conscience of the Eye, New York: Norton.

Sennett, Richard (1996) Flesh and Stone: the Body and the City in Western Civilisation, Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Sennett, R. (2008) The Uses of Disorder: Personal Identity and City Life, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Sinclair, I. (1997) Lights Out for the Territory, London: Granta Books.

Sinclair, I. (2002) London Orbital: a Walk Round the M25, London: Granta.

Soja, E. (1989) Postmodern Geographies, London: Verso

Solnit, R. (2001) Wanderlust: a History of Walking, London and New York: Verso.

Solnit, R. (2010) Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, Berkeley: University of California Press.

Speir, S. (ed) (2002) Urban Visions: Experiencing and Envisioning the City, Liverpool: University Press and Tate Publishing.

Stevens, Q. (2007) The Ludic City: Exploring the Potential of Public Spaces, London and New York: Routledge.

Suderberg, E (ed) (2000) Space, Site, Installation: Situating Installation Art, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Sudjic, D. (1992), The Hundred Mile City, London: Flamingo.

Tester, K. (ed) (1994) The Flâneur, London: Routledge.

Thomas, H. (ed) (1997) Dance in the City, Basingstoke: Macmillan Press.

Townsend, C. (2004) The Art of Rachel Whiteread, London: Thames and Hudson.

Urry, J. (2002) The Tourist Gaze, London: Sage.

Van Noord, G. (ed) (2002), Off Limits: 40 Artangel Projects, London: Merrell.

Vidler, A. (1992) The Architectural Uncanny, Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press.

Vidler, A. (2000) Warped Space, Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press.

Virilio, P. (1991) Lost Dimension, trans. Daniel Moschenberg, New York: Semiotext(e).

Whybrow, N. (2005) Street Scenes: Brecht, Benjamin, and Berlin, Bristol and Portland: Intellect Books.

Whybrow, N. (2006) ‘Streetscenes: the Accident of Where We Walk’, Performance Research, 11.3, pp.123-6.

Whybrow, N. (2010) ‘Venice Topologies/Sent to Coventry’, Liminalities: a Journal of Performance Studies, 6.1 (themed issue on ‘image, sound and movement’), online:

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Wrights and Sites (eds) (2003) An Exeter Mis-guide, Exeter: Wrights and Sites.

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Advances in Art and Urban Futures series, vols.1-4, Bristol: Intellect Books.

Cultural Geographies (‘Arts of Urban Exploration’), 12 (4), 2005.

Flâneur – an Online Journal (

Liminalities: a Journal of Performance Studies (‘On the City’), 4 (1), 2008.

Performance Research issues: On Tourism, On Refuge, On Place, On Memory, Departures, Maps/Mappings, Navigations, A Lexicon, On Foot.

Public Art Journal (‘A Place Between’), October, 1999.

Research in Drama Education, ‘On Site and Place’ 12 (1), 2007, ‘On Drama and Theatre in Urban Contexts’ 16 (2), 2011.

Theatre Journal (‘Theatre and the City’), 53 (2), 2001.

Theaterschrift (‘City/Art/Identity’), 10, 1995.

Websites (McGonigal, Jane, “Dark Play in Public Spaces: Confessions of a Flash Mob Organiser”) (Howell, O., The Poetics of Security: Skateboarding, Urban design and the new Public Space) (Second Life) (graffiti) (Wrights and Sites) (on public art) (on climbing in the city) (on the curation of city regeneration projects) (Reclaim the Streets!)

(Iain Sinclair on Simon Pope’s memorial walks)