Apprehending Everyday Rhythms

I’ve just submitted what should hopefully be the final revisions to a paper I’ve written titled ‘Apprehending everyday rhythms: Rhythmanalysis, time-lapse photography, and the space-times of street performance’. Assuming all goes smoothly with the revisions, the paper should be appearing in Cultural Geographies sometime in the future. I will update here if/when I get a clearer idea of when that’ll be.

The abstract is copied below. I have a pre-proof version I can send to anyone interested…


This paper develops means of apprehending the rhythms of everyday practices and performances. Emerging from the context of recent calls for more explicit engagements with issues surrounding research methods and methodologies in the doing of cultural geography, and in particular in the examination of the geographies of practices, the paper responds to critiques of recent discussions of urban and social rhythms which highlight limitations in the articulation of methods for actually apprehending everyday rhythms. As such, in conversation with Lefebvre’s portrait of the rhythmanalyst and other works interested the significance of rhythm to social practices, the paper proposes time-lapse photography as a useful component of such a rhythm-analytical, and more generally practice-orientated, methodology. In doing so, the paper draws attention to this method’s ability to document and facilitate the reflection upon the complex durational unfolding of events and the situation of key occurrences within this polyrhythmia. This is illustrated in relation to the everyday rhythms of a specific urban space in Bath, UK and a street magician’s variously successful attempt to intervene into the everyday life of Bath.

[note: paper is fully accepted and I’ve checked the proofs (31st May) so, although not sure when will appear in the journal/early online, is getting there…]


About Paul Simpson

I am currently a lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Physical and Geographical Sciences at Keele University. I've previously lectured at Plymouth University, and again at Keele before that. I completed my PhD (titled 'Ecologies of Street Performance: Bodies, Affects, Politics') at the University of Bristol in 2009.
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3 Responses to Apprehending Everyday Rhythms

  1. Natasha Sofia Blackmore da Silva says:

    I’m really interested in rhythm analysis and am doing a project on it right now. I was given your name as someone whose work would be really helpful to me. Would it be possible for you to send me the pre-proofread version?
    Thank you, best regards

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