Geographies of Rhythm by Tim Edensor

By Tim Edensor

In "Rhythmanalysis", Henri Lefebvre recommend his principles at the courting among time and house, fairly how rhythms signify area. right here, top geographers strengthen and extend on Lefebvre's theories, interpreting how they intersect with present theoretical and political issues in the social sciences. by way of geography, rhythmanalysis highlights tensions among repetition and innovation, among the necessity for consistency and the necessity for disruption. those tensions display the ways that social time is controlled to make sure a degree of balance throughout the instantiation of temporal norms, while while displaying how this can be challenged. In the rhythms of geographies, and drawing upon quite a lot of geographical contexts, this booklet explores the ordering of other rhythms in line with 4 major topics: rhythms of nature, rhythms of way of life, rhythms of mobility, and the reputable and regimen rhythms which superimpose themselves at the a number of rhythms of the physique.

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The resulting portrait, certainly, is gloomy but in bringing the material, energetic aspect of information to the fore I hope to allow a strain of immanent critique (that is, everday mundane resistance) to emerge. Focusing upon the procrastinating body as a finely calibrated instrument of contemporary digital rhythm – in Lefebvre’s terms, as a metronome – introduces an element of static into the communication circuitry, static which can be figured as a productive brake upon the strategic imaginary of information as continuous, unimpeded flow.

One observes and perceives to attain a particular state of awareness (Allen 1999), to make sense of the ever changing character of place. The analysis of rhythms attempts to capture the temporal and lived character of space. Similar to an orchestra that builds a symphony from different instruments, each one playing its own tune to its own rhythm, we can imagine an urban environment in which the interplay of multi-layered perceptions (the tune) and different intensities of these (the rhythm), create a sense of place.

The hipster pda, for example (which comprises index cards and a bulldog clip) is constituted as an ‘analogue data capture device’ (Mann, 2004). Douglas Johnston’s D*I*Y planner (2006) offers a free downloadable set of templates that can be printed directly onto index cards, while PocketMod (as recommended by Kim Komando – America’s Digital GoddessTM) turns a single sheet of A4 into a personal organiser (PocketMod, 2007). For those afflicted with notebook fetishism there is a world of tips for hacking Moleskine’s into flexible utilities including an entire page devoted to Moleskine friendly fountain pens or ‘data capture tools’ (43 Folders, 2007).

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