Reinforcing Local Identities Through Landmarks and Their Representations in En-passant-media : The Special Case of the Angel of the North

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Title Reinforcing Local Identities Through Landmarks and Their Representations in En-passant-media : The Special Case of the Angel of the North
Author(s) Dittmar, Jakob
Date 2016
Editor(s) Habermann, Ina; Keller, Daniela
English abstract
The public sphere is filled with officially planned and sanctioned but also with non-sanctioned signs that represent local or regional culture: landmark buildings and developments compete with sub-cultural markers like graffiti, tattoos, and even messages on textiles (the group of en-passant-media). The official construction of place-images and the non-directed expressions of identity complement each other as both show processes of canonisation of motives. Town planning works with developing areas around landmark buildings and attractions, which are promoted by place marketing as focal points. They are designed to trigger developments and to influence the image of places. On the other hand, messages on walls, on textiles and the bearer's skin itself, on busses and cars give information on popular interests and style-preferences. Their references can be read as indicators of importance that themes, motives, and issues are credited with by the public. they can be understood as a kind of vox populi that can be (but not always is) independent of place marketing and other mass medial discourse. Like landmarks, but in a very different way, they represent places and their cultures, too. This paper argues for combining the analysis of visual representations of town planning and of public communications using en-passant-media as recording and analysing them allows for a more differentiated understanding of cultural agendas.
Link http://www.brill.com/products/book/english-topographies-literature-and-culture#TOC_1 (external link to publication)
Publisher Rodopi
Brill
Host/Issue English Topographies in Literature and Culture : Space, Place, and Identity
Series/Issue Spatial Practices;1871-689X
ISBN 9789004322264
Pages 16
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Place promotion
Landmarks
Landmark buildings
en-passant-media
graffiti
public & private space
semiotics of landmarks
landmarks as signs
public places
image & identity of place
town planning
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
SCB::Media and Communications
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20448 (link to this page)

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