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Performing 'I was here': Architecture and the circle of representation in a peripheral place


Sawyer, Mark and Lindsay, GL, Performing 'I was here': Architecture and the circle of representation in a peripheral place, Architectural Theory Review, 26, (2) pp. 291-306. ISSN 1326-4826 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13264826.2022.2162556


Architecture, media, and the spatial practices of tourists relate to one another in complex ways. Images of buildings feature in place promotion strategies, and these representations are replicated in tourists’ own photographs from their visits. The social practices of people have spatial implications as places develop to allow for opportunities for the performance of practices associated with tourism, including photography. By tracing visual representations of four buildings in Beaconsfield, Tasmania, a regional mining-cum-tourist town, through a cross-section of media, we show how media-oriented practices intersect with architecture and tourism in a regional place. Beaconsfield’s historic buildings are mediated and shared by individuals and institutions online as well as in the form of physical objects used as keepsakes and gifts. They are also re-created in situ in the façades of nearby buildings, public artwork, and urban media. By interpreting this socio-spatial phenomenon through a practice-theory lens we theorise the mediatisation of architecture in a peripheral place showing that this process has both social and spatial implications.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:architecture, media, tourist gaze, Beaconsfield, hermeneutic circle
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Sawyer, Mark (Dr Mark Sawyer)
UTAS Author:Lindsay, GL (Dr Georgia Lindsay)
ID Code:153896
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2022-10-13
Last Modified:2023-03-22

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