Helen Clarke

Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom

     Writing and practice:

     a Theoretical and Photographic

     Exploration of the Flȃneuse

A dialogue is entered with Walter Benjamin’s writings on the flȃneur in his Berlin Childhood Around 1900, in an investigation into the relationship between writing and practice through a theoretical and photographic exploration of the flȃneuse. Cultural and feminist theory are used to examine the female presence on/in the street by critically examining photographic images of and made by women, and wearable technology is used to record an embodied experience of the street. Through the reading of excerpts from the Berlin Childhood, the memoir is edited, therefore interpreted, in light of the researcher’s interests, whilst adding a female voice to the dialogue.