Demons and monsters fighting in and out of me

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Such a pathetic bunch of flash and bones I am. The only thing I can do is wondering, and wondering, and wandering. Cluelessly. I was laying on the front veranda this morning, Lou and her friend Kate chatting in front of a cuppa, me silently looking up, the sky painted in an aching bright deep blue, the top of the green lush gumtrees floating with the wind, the sun warming me up, the earth, the summer and the unbearable beauty of the moment surrounding me, me just sinking in it, in the light. Tears stinging to get out. I see the world and it’s so beautiful. I see life, my life is so beautiful, full of colours, light, people, love. And this is why I’m so unhappy, so desperate. I am among people, but no-one is with me. I’m just nearby, they are just nearby. I can’t share the beauty, I can’t share my thoughts. I can write them down here, or I can draw endless skies, I can draw love that I imagine between people that I imagine, that I imagine to be, but I can’t do anything to share all of this with someone in reality, not in the tangible world.

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How does your environment shape how you see and use the world around you?

Diversity, Gender Equality, Monuments, Participation, Public Advertising, Public Space, Social Inclusion, Street Furniture

Much of the work that I have been doing recently has concentrated on various facets of this question:

  • Inventing Berlin asks how street names and monuments communicate who should feel like they belong in the urban landscape,
  • A revised version of my essay for the Hacking Urban Furniture project examines the normative aspects of street furniture and how that shapes how we use public space, and
  • My new role as lead expert for the URBACT action planning network “Gendered Landscapes” will explore the gendered aspects of urban planning and urban life.

To get academic for a minute, there is a social constructionist assumption at the core of all three of these works: the environment shapes the subject, in particular when aspects of the environment become banal, invisible, or taken for granted.

The environment around us is not simply the process of natural, environmental forces. Especially in cities, the environment which…

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