Can a woman be a flâneur? The debate started long time ago. From the studies of Deborah Parsons and Elizabeth Wilson to “Wanderlust” by Rebecca Solnit. Since the word “flâneuse” has been in vogue lately (and sometimes used improperly), I would like to express my point of view...
How to move through the city as a true flâneur, or flâneuse? Here you have my "decalogue" extracted from the book Flâneur. The Art of Wandering the Streets of Paris.
Un lettore mi chiede quali siano i libri fondamentali per chi vuole essere “iniziato” all’arte della flânerie. Oggi mi sono divertito a stilare una lista dei miei autori preferiti. Avrei potuto citarne anche 100, ma non volevo scrivere una bibliografia. Nonostante i flâneur vivano ovunque – io, ad esempio, conduco una vita nomade tra le città dell’estremo oriente – ho privilegiato gli autori “classici” che appartengono alla tradizione della flânerie parigina. Ho escluso gli autori contemporanei, perché a loro riserverò un’altra lista. Ho riportato i testi in ordine cronologico e mantenendo la lingua originale.
My tour is starting in two weeks. I will present “Flâneur” and the art of flânerie in some Chinese universities (mainly around Beijing). If you can read Chinese, here you have an anticipation of what I will talk about.
Chinese painter Zheng Fu strolled around the old city of Siena, Italy.
Fall 2009. It was a rainy winter afternoon in Place du Châtelet. That day I met one of the most extraordinary connoisseurs of Paris: Jacques Réda, former Director of the "Nouvelle Revue Française", author of proses poems and tales about flâneries. I consider him as the last successor of the Parisian tradition of flânerie. Here you have the result of our talks: the interview “Sept questions à Jacques Réda”, published on « La Revue littéraire », 42, January 2010.
"Every photograph reveals something I did not know. Each picture is a revelation, and discloses a new perspective". The Italian photographer Silvio Zangarini explored cities in Netherlands and in Italy playing with photographic deformations.
ROBERTO P. SIGUERA
The Italian photographer and composer Roberto P. Siguera got lost in Manchester, United Kingdom
The Chinese photographer 曹慧（Cao Hui） has visited an historic village dating from the Ming dynasty located between the mountains, in Mentougou District, around 3 hours of cars from central Beijing, in the North of China.