City Artery: The Visual Interrogation of Melbourne’s Regime of Automobility

By Ashley Perry.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Issues relating to travel, mobility and complexity continue to inform research into globalised social life. In recent years, scholarship engaging with the ‘new mobilities’ paradigm has sought to capture and explain the multiplicities and associations relating to one of the dominant forms of physical mobility, automobility.
The predominant form of global physical mobility is the car. My article suggests that a creative practice-led approach - a visual communication artefact in the form of a poster - is appropriately placed to produce a vividly descriptive and engaging investigation into the influence of the car, in relation to Melbourne.
My article attempts to interrogate the salient aspects of Melbourne’s regime of automobility including, the everyday practice, subjectivities and materialities of driving, particularly within a quintessential suburban geography.

Keywords: Automobility, Space, Place, Materiality, City

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.127-138. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1014.347KB).

Ashley Perry

PhD Student, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

My practice-led postgraduate research explores the role of the car in relation to the city. I commenced this research within the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in 2007, a year after successfully graduating with a Bachelor of Communication (Media) (Honours) degree. I’m interested in ideas from the field of mobilities studies, including the role of automobility, and the influence of the car in my hometown of Melbourne.