Mobility in Public Space – Who is public space really for?

deTour curated by: Unimelb 2016, Semester One

Street art can act as a form of urban exploration, challenging the city discourses presented to us. This tour will take you around areas of Melbourne whereby the city has begun to become an arena for play opposed to a capitalist arena.

Acts of urban exploration can challenge our preconceived notions of mobility in space, this is because our mobility depends on our orientation of oneself to others and the world (Adey, 2009), and our engagement with space and power structures (Cresswell, 2006; Merrimen, 2007). Practices such as street art, parkour and skateboarding challenge preconceived notions on how we should inhabit space (Adey, 2009) and are an act of people attempting to reclaim social identity (Urry, 2000). However enforced regulations on where these practices can be performed in space, are changing how we perform these practices.

Locations for deTour

The practice of urban exploration is a loose term discovery and exploration of unseen parts of the built environment (Deyo and Leibowitz, 2003; Garrett, 2010a; Ninjalicious, 2005; Rapp, 2010), locating derelict and disused sites seeking to…

Acts such as graffiti, street art, parkour and skating, challenge the spatial zonings enforced by society and claims of ownership on space, representing alternative forms of urban exploration (Bloch, 2008). This subverts our tendency to consider…

Skating is a transgressive activity that has strongly emerged in cities to challenge the regulations imposed on urban space and how we should move around it (Borden, 1998) - transforming space beyond its designated functions (Bordon, 2003). Parkour…

However, city management and governments have begun to recognize certain practices challenging spatial use; as a result, they have begun to increasingly regulate these practices. Space is controlled for ‘’acceptable’’ uses by regulation and…

Adey, P., (2006) If Mobility is Everything Then it is Nothing: Towards a Relational Politics of (Im)mobilities, Mobilities, 1(1), pp. 74-94. Adey, P., (2009) Facing Airport Security: Affect Biopolitics, and the Securitisation of the Mobile Body,…
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