Kroppe i byen

Nikolaj Hollænder

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis inquires how to understand the relationship between body and space through an experiment with movements. It does so to challenge the regulation of urban space and the implication that bodies experience space in a certain homogeneous way. Bodies are different and to reduce differences is to reduce the possibility of discovering alternative ways of being in the world.

By applying the method of research-creation, in the form of a movement workshop, the thesis contains an explorative and experimental knowledge production, where the goal is transformative processes. The workshop tries to create conditions that can open experience of space, and how space and body are in relation to each other.
By using a multidisciplinary approach between experience, choreography and performative writing the thesis try to qualify and unfold the findings of the workshop.

The major findings in the workshop is that through an experiment with movements, objects in urban space can have more than one function and urban space can be assembled in different ways. This points to an engagement with urban space that produces new ways of reorganizing objects and adding new capacities to objects, so that new associations and options between space and body can unfold.

The thesis concludes an understanding of the body as an associated milieu, which engage in co-creation with space. The body’s engagement with space can be understood as an assembly of the participants capacities to affect and be affected. It is then understood as an engagement where the experience translates possible processes of becomings between body and space.
In addition, the thesis addresses the influence of regulation in urban space, thus providing a perspective on urban planning that aim to address a heterogeneity among people who experience space. The thesis concludes that to accommodate preferences for more than one type of body, one could plan for incomplete spaces where structure and order isn’t applicable for the constitution of space. The thesis points to the range of flexibility in use of space as great importance in terms of creating inclusive urban spaces.

UddannelserPerformance-design, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato30 dec. 2019
Antal sider70
VejledereKristine Samson


  • Erin Manning
  • Neurodiverse
  • neurotypisk
  • sansning
  • krop
  • bevægelse
  • koroegrafi
  • research-creation