“I felt a living globe of marble, a thrill through my veins”
This is a project about cultural geography, public and private space. Aldgate is a place of pluralism, but also a clash of cultural beliefs and roles. Thinking about socially constructed roles within space, place and material culture, the project team will seek out metaphors for gender identity within the area. Theory has long discussed male and female “spheres of influence”. Investigation of how social spaces are experienced bodily will take place, the project team will consider ideas of how cities are representations of the culture of the human body.
The team will collate a visual map of the area, combining/ juxtaposing oral responses from users/ observers. Consideration of gender-specific places or gender segregation or gender division will take place. This is often so endemic or ‘natural’, that it is taken for granted, unseen.