Moving-image as a means of reading the rhythms in the urban scene: the case of ‘city symphonies’

İplikci, Ender
Analyzing and reading of rhythms in urban space can contribute to urban design processes by providing significant input about different movements in the space. Henri Lefebvre (1992) elaborated the concept of rhythm in cities and everyday life, and developed the idea of Rhythmanalysis. Likewise, Gilles Deleuze (1983) classified the images and signs with reference to movement, and examined the relationship between movement-image and cinematographic image. This study categorizes the elements of urban space by using the concept of rhythm. It elaborates the moving-image – i.e. the simplest form of cinema – as a means of comprehending these rhythms. The ideas of the cinema theorist and director Dziga Vertov have an important role to develop this method, that is, analyzing the rhythms in the urban space via moving-image. The kino-eye, the cinema movement which aims to decode the life as it is, led by Vertov, helped developing the methodological approach of this thesis. To illustrate this theoretical approach, the city symphony films, Berlin: The Symphony of a Great City (1927) and The Man with Movie Camera (1929) are examined as case studies. A rhythmanalytical reading on these avant-garde and experimental documentary films helps identifying the benefits of using the moving-image as a means of reading the rhythms in the urban space.


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E. İplikci, “Moving-image as a means of reading the rhythms in the urban scene: the case of ‘city symphonies’,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.