Off-Road and Spaced-Out in the City: Organization and the Interruption of Topology

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The article reports on the methods and findings of an urban experiment/intervention that deployed mathematic formulae to design a series of random walks through the city of Manchester. In developing these methods, the letters of the words “order” and “disorder” were inscribed into an A-Z map of the city to provide the outline for these walks. This quest to seek alternative modes of conduct in the everyday life of the city attempts to find access to what Massumi has identified as the transitional qualities of a body-in-motion. In this systematic derangement of the senses, the city gives way to a proliferation of decontexualized objects and fragments that stimulate alternative forms of narrative and possible new political imaginaries. Folding the city in these ways brings into relief a number of important spatial features of Manchester that converge around the concept proposed here as “the interruption of topology.” This interruption demands a certain textual innovation that displaces the performative rituals of the academic article while improvising its own “mythologization” of the city.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-228
Number of pages17
JournalSpace and Culture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Walking
  • The city
  • Walter Benjamin
  • Experience
  • organization
  • Oulipo


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