Live event-spaces: Place and space in the mediatized experience of events

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This chapter investigates the deeply mediatized experience of place and space within the lived practice of events by studying two annual Dutch cultural events as cases: Oerol Festival (2017) and 3FM Serious Request (2017). Drawing on substantial datasets containing online and offline participant observations, both short in situ interviews and longer in-depth interviews with a total of 248 interviewees and large datasets from Twitter and Instagram, this chapter demonstrates that media concurrently de-spatialize, in the sense that they diminish spatial borders and overcome distance, and affirm embodied experiences of being-in-place. I argue that it is liveness - the potential connection, through media, to events that matter to us as they unfold - that creates the closeness between the near and the far elements within the “eventsphere” and binds it all together into one event-space.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLocating Imagination in Popular Culture
Subtitle of host publicationPlace, Tourism and Belonging
EditorsNicky van Es, Stijn Reijnders, Leonieke Bolderman, Abby Waysdorf
Place of PublicationAbingdon
ISBN (Electronic)9781003045359
ISBN (Print)9780367492625
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies


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