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Beyond text?Critical practices and sensory anthropology$
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Rupert Cox, Andrew Irving, and Christopher Wright

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085055

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085055.001.0001

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Random Manhattan: thinking and moving beyond text

Random Manhattan: thinking and moving beyond text

(p.58) 3. Random Manhattan: thinking and moving beyond text
Beyond text?

Andrew Irving

Manchester University Press

By placing the living, thinking, moving body directly into the rational grid of Manhattan, Andrew Irving’s chapter attempts to offer an ethnographically grounded account of how people’s lived experiences of the city are mediated by complex amalgams of inner expression, memory and imagination that largely remain beneath the surface of their public activities. The photo-essay and accompanying video and sound recordings derive from Irving’s experimental practice-based, research project, New York Stories, for which he recorded more than a hundred interior dialogues of random strangers encountered as they moved around the city The reader is invited to download sounds clips from the DVD onto their phone or MP3 player and walk around their own city with someone else’s thoughts in their head.

Keywords:   Inner dialogue, New York City, Experimental methods, Mapping, Epistemology

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