Mapping subjective urban imagery: montage of movement-image and time-image –the case of Kızılay

Balkanay, Ezgi
Mobility in modern society creates a simulative perception of the self and its environment. Such perceptions create subjective urban images of individuals from various socio-cultural backgrounds in their everyday life. While this mobility can be viewed as an invisible dimension when utilizing conventional methods that can only represent one frozen moment of space, urban imagery has political potentials of fluidity related to “time” and “movement”. Since subjective urban images are constructed through the discontinuity of the notion of the memory of the self, with an episodic understanding of space in-between stable and fluid, the use of cinematographic methods seem to lend themselves to a deeper discussion of “movement-image” and “time-image”. Thus, this thesis aims to generate an alternative analysis method, and trace the subjective images of urban imagery for the mobile subject using cinematographic methods, mainly Eisenstein’s montage theory with his understanding of dialectical montage with a case of Ankara, Kızılay. The method is constructed with its subjects (scenarios) and subject-based objects (paths). Thus, the city center, a central node of Ankara, is selected to render the complexity of urban form more expressive and to enrich discussions of the intersections of urban images. In this respect, with a Deleuzian understanding for reading space through movement, different “paths” with various socio-cultural backgrounds of the case are assessed as segments of a “spatio-temporal outline”. Beyond individuality, the assemblage of them, the “montage”, will be regarded as urban imagery of Kızılay.
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E. Balkanay, “Mapping subjective urban imagery: montage of movement-image and time-image –the case of Kızılay,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2014.