As he pedalled along we talked; he could speak English Luzhou Subway Map and was a school teacher, teaching history, geography and politics. Political studies are an Luzhou Subway Map important part of the school curriculum, though slightly less dominant than formerly, and marks are awarded for attitude, and not only for results. A student’s poor attitude to his work can cost him dearly. He explained to me that individuals’ and rebels’ are not admired by their classmates, who rather see rebelliousness as a threat to their group security. The rebels are made to feel isolated from the group, and the group is their way of life. Right from junior school the children learn that conformity keeps you out of trouble.
I have defined elsewhere as transphilia’ (McCormick 2009: 19). Like Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin understood that transience was central to understanding modernity in the twentieth century as he observed urban life and art in the era of mechanical reproduction in such influential essays as Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner Technischen Reproduzierbarkeit/ The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (2008). The idea of the flaneur runs through both Baudelaire’s and Benjamin’s analysis of the city. Later Guy Debord and others associated with the Situationists transformed the practice ofthe flaneur into the unintentional chance encounters of the derive. Debord and Lefebvre knew each other well and, despite some disagreements, both had deciphered the constructed and unintentional arrhythmia of the city. In the twenty-first-century urban world the strolling movement of flanerie and the drift of the derive are accelerated by instantaneous mobility within dense urban space in an endless arrhythmic pattern. Suggestions of urban disorder evident in the derive are now central as a means of understanding the city. Rem Koolhaas describes it in today’s terms as exacerbated difference’ (Koolhaas 2001: 21). He developed this idea through observation of places such as the Pearl River Delta in China as a new form of urban co-existence. Koolhaas defines this new condition as based on the greatest possible difference between its parts, in opposition to the traditional city values of striving for individual identity. His interest lies in the conceptualization of city as flukes, accidents and imperfections and the opportunistic exploitation of these. The model easily transfers to a global urban co-existence made possible because of, and in spite of, apparent disorder of compatibility that can be seen as an extension of Lefebvre’s concept of arrythmia.
Baudelaire, Benjamin and the Situationists looked to new art practices as a way of interpreting transience within the context of their times, as does Koolhaas in his architectural work and Wu Hung in his cultural commentary. Wu has observed that transience is one of the themes critical to an understanding of the immaterial within Chinese contemporary art (Wu 1999). He applies this thinking to his assessment of contemporary China in Remaking Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Creation of a Political Space’ (Wu 2005) by viewing through the lens of contemporary art practice. In this way he deciphers the inherent urban meanings and overlays now associated with Tiananmen Square, post the 1989 shooting of demonstrators by the Chinese Government, that otherwise might pass by unnoticed. Artistic thinking today operates in a dense and mobile arena in which concepts of time, space and human interaction are in a state of flux. Arguably, one could say that visual culture has been central to understanding the urban world (Highmore 2005) as well as central to the West’s understanding of Asia, albeit at times through interpretations coloured by a perceived exoticism of the East by the West. Such perceptions have given way in the cold hard light of global urban flow. At the end of 1999, the artist Cai Guo Qiang instigated a gunpowder explosion that created the outline of a dragon in the sky over the European city of Vienna, titled Dragon Sight Sees Vienna. The concept is a powerful symbol of what is being recognized increasingly as not only an urban century but also an Asian-dominated century and more precisely, a Chinese century.
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