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Dark matters: a manifesto for the nocturnal city

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Published
Publication date25/11/2016
Place of PublicationWinchester
PublisherZero Books
Number of pages120
ISBN (Electronic)9781782797470
ISBN (Print)9781782797487
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Dark Matters explores the city at night as a place and time within which escape from the confines of the daytime is possible. More specifically, it is a state of being. There is a long history of nightwalking, often integral to shady worlds of miscreants, shift workers and transgressors. Yet the night offers much to be enjoyed beyond vice. Night by definition contrasts day, summoning notions of darkness and fear. But another night exists out there. Liberation and exhilaration in the urban landscape is increasingly rare when so much of our attention and actions are controlled. Rather than consider darkness as negative, opposed to illumination and enlightenment, this book explores the rich potential of the dark for our senses. The question may no longer be about what spaces we wish to engage with but when we do?