Henri Lefebvre’s “Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life”

Wednesday, 21 November 2012
VIVO Media Arts Centre (1961 Main Street)
7 PM

Facilitated by Kevin Rowe

Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life (2004) presents Henri Lefebvre’s attempt at developing a novel scientific methodology for the analysis and critique of everyday life and its varying forms and rhythms. Developing on a Marxist conception and philosophy of time and space, Lefebvre provides us with an argument that exposes the effect of the capitalist inscription of the value of time on our biological and social rhythms. Weaving his argument through a series of discussions on music, commodity culture, measurement, and urban life Lefebvre provides us with a methodology that breaks radically from nomothetism providing us with a convincing example of the importance of the ideographic. This  collection of essays, published posthumously, should be of interest to  philosophers, geographers, urban planners, community activists, and  sociologists.

Henri Lefebvre was born in southwestern France in 1901. He worked in the fields of sociology and philosophy from the 1920s, navigating the fraught landscape of French Marxism through to his death in 1991. His book The Critique of Everyday Life was formative for the Situationist movement, and The Production of Space remains indispensable to many geographers and social theorists to this day.

Kevin M. Rowe is an educator and writer from Calgary, Alberta. He currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia where he works as an educator. Kevin holds a B.A. in Geography from Simon Fraser University. He has designed and taught alternative curriculum for high school students in Vancouver for two years. He writes poetry, short fiction, essays and creative non-fiction. He is currently interested in the concepts of violence, mental landscapes, dreamscapes, hallucinations, escapism, vernacular architecture, anarchism and urbanality, all of which are at play in his writing.