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The time is out of joint: Atmosphere and hauntology at Bodiam Castle

Buser, Michael

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© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Drawing on recent work in emotional and cultural geography, the author brings Derrida's concept of hauntology into communication with thinking about atmospheres. The research deployed a mixed-method approach including audio documentation, observation, focus groups and interviews to look at the use of spectrality in the making of atmospheres associated with A Knight's Peril, an interactive game played at Bodiam Castle in the South East of England. The paper argues that the figure of the ghost is a useful heuristic towards understanding how designers conjure and exploit the emotional and affective power of atmospheres. At Bodiam, these techniques are deployed in an attempt to facilitate new understandings of the past.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 1, 2017
Journal Emotion, Space and Society
Print ISSN 1755-4586
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Pages 5-13
APA6 Citation Buser, M. (2017). The time is out of joint: Atmosphere and hauntology at Bodiam Castle. Emotion, Space and Society, 25, 5-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2017.09.006
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2017.09.006
Keywords atmospheres, hauntology, emotion, affect, design, heritage
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2017.09.006

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