Walking through Everyday Life: Between Attention, Disruption and Defamiliarization

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This paper aims at critically analyzing the relationship between walking and the aesthetic value of everyday life. Considering that different forms of attention, disruption and defamiliarization are enhanced by walking as an aesthetic practice, one should examine the latter’s scope in the framework of contemporary debates around the aesthetics of everyday life and the experience of urban space. I order to do so, I will bring together a selective genealogy of authors, concepts and artistic case-studies that show how walking can encompass disruptive and ludic elements that create particular space-time relationships. By transforming or playing with our habits or notions of the familiar, this in-between character of defamiliarization gives walking a singular aesthetic richness. Not only is it an embodied modality that has a fundamental importance in urban life, but it also stages a series of tensions and paradoxes that are inherent to the most recent considerations on the aesthetics of everyday life.
Period30 Jun 2022
Event titleEuropean Society for Aesthetics Conference 2022
Event typeConference
LocationTallinn, EstoniaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational