on Compassionate Mobilities
This is a ‘conventional’ thesis.
Put your hands on the table.
Rest your cheek on one hand.
Pay attention to texture and temperature.
Where hand meets table
and cheek meets hand.
This is a ‘conventional’ thesis
how parkour, skateboarding, graffiti and ‘breaking’ (also known as ‘breakdancing’)
might open up
opportunities and possibilities
for young people in Singapore.
These urban placemaking performances
are (I suggest) active metaphors
opening up new narratives
composing alternative pathways
within Singapore’s highly-ordered landscape.
This thesis will focus on young people in Singapore
between 14 and 20 years of age.
Black cold fences with slippery rails.
One step in front of the other.
Social geographer Doreen Massey defines ‘space’,
as ‘a simultaneity of stories-so-far [and]
places are collections of those stories’
(Massey 2005: 130).
Light green leaves on dark brown branches
tickle your face.
Do not be tempted to rely on them for support.
But what can urban placemaking performances do for those who struggle with getting out of bed and accomplishing everyday tasks, you might ask?
Trust your feet.
Individuals immerse themselves in ‘place’
physically, imaginatively, or both.
to that time when we were…
‘Place’ is more than what is experienced right now.
black hands like tarred walkways.
This ‘conventional’ thesis
interrogate some old stories,
as it instigates experimental, exploratory
rewriting of stories
by young people for Singapore
through collaboratively facilitated applied performance workshops
with skateboarders, parkour practitioners, graffiti artists, and dancers
in London and Singapore.
In composing activistic placemaking performances
a theory of compassionate mobility emerges,
offering an alternative to ‘social mobility’
which has far to go in terms of imagining
what an inclusive city/society/nation might be.