(Re)making the City: Stony Stories from Melbourne

Tuesday 17 October 2017, 5.30PM

Speaker: Tim Edensor, Manchester Metropolitan University / visiting scholar at Melbourne University

Cities are continuously assembled and reassembled out of a diverse array of non-human materials. This paper explores the ongoing reconstitution of Melbourne with building stone, exploring issues of provenance, sensation and value..Firstly, I look at how stone provides material traces of  Melbourne's historical relations with multiple elsewheres, and continues to link the city to other places of supply. I also explore how stone is subject to dynamic processes of recycling or removal.. Secondly, in moving away from the symbolic interpretations of stone, I look at the affective and sensory qualities of stone and how this contributes to the embodied experience of the city. Thirdly, I investigate how these processes are invariably entangled with values that change according to passing desires and fashions.

Location: K/159

Admission: Free