Performance and Narrative, Bodies and Movement in the Construction of Places and Objects, Spaces and Knowledges

  title={Performance and Narrative, Bodies and Movement in the Construction of Places and Objects, Spaces and Knowledges},
  author={David Turnbull},
  journal={Theory, Culture \& Society},
  pages={125 - 143}
  • D. Turnbull
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • Art
  • Theory, Culture & Society
The article explores the ways knowledge and space are co-produced performatively through bodily movement in an examination of the Maltese megaliths the first complex stone structures in the world. It is argued that knowledge is best seen as spatialized narratives of human actions and objects as materialized forms of those spatial narratives. Rewriting our social and historical narratives so that the performativity of place, space and knowledge is restored opens new possibilities for rethinking… 

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