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Shadow Play: Liberation and Exhilaration in the Mancunian Night

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Where now for the secret, the contemplative, the quiet and subterranean in our cities? The question may no longer be what spaces we wish to engage with but when are they?

The nocturnal city is a place and time within which escape from the measures and restrictions of the daytime is possible. More specifically, it is a state of being. Over the last few years Nick Dunn has spent many, many hours exploring this city, my home, at night. During this time he has experimented with numerous methods for mapmaking and documenting my experiences. Some of his maps, notations, sketches and photographs can be seen in Loitering With Intent. This work considers the contemporary city as a series of systems, flows and processes, and is explored through experimentation which addresses the nature of urban space: its perception, demarcation and appropriation. Nick is interested in walking as a cultural practice, the politics of space and the right to the city.

Nick Dunn is Professor of Urban Design at Lancaster University where he is also Associate Director at the Institute for Social Futures. He has published numerous books related to architecture and urbanism and his papers have been published and presented internationally and collaborative creative work exhibited across the UK, China and the Ukraine. His forthcoming book, Dark Matters: A Manifesto for the Nocturnal City, is to be published by Zero Books later this year. Born in Salford, he lives in Manchester and nightwalks in both cities regularly. This is an opportunity to join him on one of his nocturnal expeditions.

Please note: The starting point will be sent to you when you book your ticket. The walk will last approximately two hours and we will finish in a pub to continue our discussions

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