Surveillance, Transparency and the Hidden in Contemporary Culture
Edited By Henriette Steiner and Kristin Veel
PART IV Screens, Cameras and Surveillance
← 258 | 259 → PART IV
Screens, Cameras and Surveillance
← 259 | 260 → zURBS
At every point the city offers surprises to your view […] ‘Happy the man who has Phyllis before his eyes each day and who never ceases seeing the things it contains,’ you cry regret at having to leave […] But it so happens that, instead, you must stay in Phyllis and spend the rest of your days there. Soon the city fades before your eyes […]. Many are the cities like Phyllis, which elude the gaze of all, except the man who catches them by surprise.
—ITALO CALVINO, Invisible Cities
Watching and interpreting our city can be seen as a means of transforming and reconfiguring it: they are actions that could confirm or modify the invisible distribution of the sensible. Therefore urban settings should enable people to be active as interpreters, storytellers, and translators, rather than merely being passive observers. Urban settings should open up to allow people to appropriate the story of the city, and to make their own story of it. However, this way of looking should not be confused with seeing only what one chooses to see, or with identifying what one sees with the truth or a given reality. Rather we should remain ← 260 | 261 → open to the gaze, acknowledging that it is not about seeing things as they are, but seeing things as they could be.
This way of seeing...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.