Sensing the City: An Urban Room
13 January 10.00am – 18 January 4.00pm 2020
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry
How can the human body be in measure of the city?
How can a focus on human sensing enhance the habitability of urban life?
What do the sensed contours, textures and atmospheres of the city tell us about it?
Who and what is Coventry city centre for?
What kind of city do we wish to live in?
As a collaborative research group of artists and academics, specialising in the application of experimental methodologies in dance and choreography, creative writing, performance, film, photography and sound technologies, three years have been spent on exploring them in and around Coventry city centre.
The aim was to produce an integrated embodied mapping of the city centre which, using multiple spatio-temporal forms of expression, would consider its viability as a place supposedly designed for people. This was done against a backdrop of Coventry’s medieval, post-second world war and recent 21st century history, all of which is reflected in an eclectic, changing built environment that generates very particular atmospheres.
The exhibition also hosts a grid map of Coventry designed for Sensing the City by Dave Allen and contributions from Coventrians.
Exhibition curated by Sarah Shalgosky & Fiona Venables
Professor Nicolas Whybrow, University of Warwick
Dr Natalie Garrett Brown, enter+inhabit, University of East London
Dr Emma Meehan, Coventry University
Dr Michael Pigott, University of Warwick
Carolyn Deby, sirenscrossing
Dr Nese Ceren Tosun, University of Warwick
Rob Batterbee, University of Warwick
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