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IMAGES (V) – Images of (Cultural) Values

The Conference Proceedings

Edited By Veronika Bernard

This collection of articles offers readers a cross-section of current research on contemporary and historical concepts and representations of (cultural) values as documented in popular culture, public space, the arts, works of literature and in ethnic contexts. The contributors to this volume are from the US, Algeria, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Albania, Serbia, Turkey, and Austria. Their very different cultural, ideological, scientific, academic and non-academic perspectives and backgrounds allow insights from many different viewpoints.
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Nerma Cridge (London/UK) - From Trivial to Extremely Serious: We Don’t Even Own Public Space Images Anymore


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Nerma Cridge

From Trivial to Extremely Serious: We Don’t Even Own Public Space Images Anymore

Abstract This article seeks to uncover several contradictions in images in public spaces in the globalized European city. People inhabiting public spaces, in most cases, share the absence of a personal connection to the actual area itself. The most commonly absent group are the local people: those who actually live in the vicinity.

Dieser Artikel versucht verschiedene Widersprüche in Bildern des öffentlichen Raums in globalisierten europäischen Städten aufzudecken. Die Menschen, die die öffentlichen Räume bewohnen, haben in den meisten Fällen eines gemeinsam: das Fehlen einer persönlichen Verbindung zu dem Raum, in dem sie sich aufhalten. Die am häufigsten abwesende Gruppe dagegen sind die eigentlich Ortsansässigen.

Public spaces in globalized cities reveal many contradictions, ranging from silly even frivolous to urgent and important. One example of an extreme trivia is an annual pillow fight occurring in April every year, a mass cushion throwing staged to coincide with many other global cities. Another peculiar instance of the trivial in the same space is Michael Jackson’s tribute mass dance; also happening every year at the same time, in public spaces across the globe. Unsurprisingly, there is a day when revellers dressed up as Santa Claus fill public squares across the globe. Such events seem to quickly grow from small gatherings to global scale with huge followings. At the other...

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