Performing an Aesthetics of Atmospheres

by Stuart Grant

In this article, I introduce a performative, practical, embodied, affective, experiential, phenomenological method for the measure of spatial atmospheres of urban places. I first examine the need for such an approach; second, define its sphere of applicability and field of activity; third, trace a theoretical history on which its assumptions are based; fourth, establish the performative origins of the method; and fifth, detail the practical phases and propose a project for its application…
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Performing from Heidegger’s Turning

by Stuart Grant

In this essay I aim to do two things. 1) Describe aspects of the performance methodology and philosophy of my site-specific ecological performance group, The Environmental Performance Authority (EPA), as expressed in a series of performances entitled Coastal Scales, developed in conjunction with the Hobsons Bay Council in Melbourne, Australia. 2) Make an argument for the efficacy of The EPA’s work, through concepts from Heidegger’s later writings, with particular reference to the “turning”, and the occurrence of truth as the strife between earth and world, as developed in Contributions to Philosophy (1999; 2012) and “The origin of the work of art” (1977a). The essay outlines the performance process, and accounts for the role of Heidegger’s thinking in its devising, assessment and measure…
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