Dawn Lyon

Doing audio-visual montage to explore time and space : The everyday rhythms of Billingsgate Fish Market

Article publié le 29 octobre 2019

Pour citer cet article : Dawn Lyon , « Doing audio-visual montage to explore time and space : The everyday rhythms of Billingsgate Fish Market  », Rhuthmos, 29 octobre 2019 [en ligne]. http://rhuthmos.eu/spip.php?article2462
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This paper has already been published in Sociological Research Online, 21/3, August 2016. All rights reserved. © SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE. It is available from Kent Academic Repository. We thank Dawn Lyon for the permission to republish it here.


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Abstract : This article documents, shows and analyses the everyday rhythms of Billingsgate, London’s wholesale fish market. It takes the form of a short film based an audiovisual montage of time-lapse photography and sound recordings, and a textual account of the dimensions of market life revealed by this montage. Inspired by Henri Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis, and the embodied experience of moving through and sensing the market, the film renders the elusive quality of the market and the work that takes place within it to make it happen. The composite of audio-visual recordings immerses viewers in the space and atmosphere of the market and allows us to perceive and analyse rhythms, patterns, flows, interactions, temporalities and interconnections of market work, themes that this article discusses. The film is thereby both a means of showing market life and an analytic tool for making sense of it. This article critically considers the documentation, evocation and analysis of time and space in this way.


Keywords : atmosphere, embodiment, ethnography, Lefebvre, rhythmanalysis, soundscape, time-lapse photography, work Acknowledgements

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