Sensing the (Media) City

Anna Notaro (Lead / Corresponding author)

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This article, originally delivered at the 16th international conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (University of Dundee, November 2019), seeks to engage with the ‘emotive’, ‘sensorial’ and ‘affective turn’, as defined by authors in the humanities, social and cultural studies in order to consider the emotional responses to the mediated experiences of place and to inquire into how individuals and collectives react to a changing sensory environment. It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach that blends historical, cultural and mediated dimen-sions of urban spaces and places while maintaining a focus on the kind of locative/ interactive art which is less concerned with representation and more with radical construction, social engagement and communication. The purpose is to try and provide an answer to the question: what does ‘sensing the city’ exactly entail when the city’s form, as Baudelaire memorably put it, ‘changes faster than the human heart?’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-144
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Urban Cultural Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021


  • Affective turn
  • Emotive turn
  • Locative art
  • Media city
  • Sensescape
  • Smart city
  • Urban storytelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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