Monthly Archives: July 2012

Geometric Space

Geometric Space

‘Place and non-place are rather like opposed polarities: the first is never completely erased, the second never totally completed …. The distinction between places and non-places derives from the opposition between place and space. Space, for Michel de Certeau, is a ‘frequented place’, ‘an intersection of moving bodies’: it is the pedestrians who transform a street (geometrically defined as a place by town planners) into a space. The place (geometric space) as an assembly of elements coexisting in a certain order and the space as an animation of these places by the motion of a moving body.’

Marc Auge — non-places: introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity

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Susan Sontag on Photography

“The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur … Continue reading

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Supermodernity

Starship Enterprise

‘What is significant in the experience of non-place is its power of attraction, inversely proportional to territorial attraction, to the gravitational pull of place and tradition.’

‘If a place can be defined as relational, historical and concerned with identity, then a space which cannot be defined as relational, or historical, or concerned with identity will be a non-place. The hypothesis advanced here is that supermodernity produces non-places, meaning spaces which are not themselves anthropological places … The distinction between places and non-places derives from the opposition between place and space.’

– Marc Auge: ‘non-places introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity’

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Display

Display

‘Numerous levels of staging the “real world” add up to excrutiating artifice removed from a natural environment by several degrees … a stage for taxidermist and curator, who collaborated to create picturesque groups … in an unnaturally crowded enclosure.’ – Catharina Manchanda: talking about Candida Hofer’s ‘Vorarlberg Nature Display’

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Blanc Space – Occam’s Razor

White Cube

– Part of the ‘Occam’s Razor Series’

Occam’s Razor is a principle attributed to the 14th century logician and Franciscan friar William of Ockham. The principle states that: “Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily.”

“If you have two theories that both explain the observed facts, then you should use the simplest until more evidence comes along” – Occam’s razor

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Einstein

“In my opinion the theory here is the logically simplest relativistic field theory that is at all possible. But this does not mean that Nature might not obey a more complex theory. More complex theories have frequently been proposed. . . In my view, such more complicated systems and their combinations should be considered only if there exist physical-empirical reasons to do so.” – Einstein “The Meaning of Relativity” (5th edition)

“We could still imagine that there is a set of laws that determines events completely for some supernatural being, who could observe the present state of the universe without disturbing it. However, such models of the universe are not of much interest to us mortals. It seems better to employ the principle known as Occam’s razor and cut out all the features of the theory that cannot be observed.” – Stephen Hawking writes in A Brief History of Time:

“We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.” – Isaac Newton

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Containers – En Masse

Containers - En Masse

“You can observe the compression of time and space in the modern world from the decks of a containerised cargo vessel … ”
– Allan Sekula

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Yellow Room

Yellow Room

‘Freud describes two orders of the uncany, one of which proceeds from the resudues of archaic and animistic forms of thoughts, the other from repression …. Freud explains how, through the mechanisms of repression, the thing that is considered frightening might not appear so, but it is through the agency of repression it has become so. This explains how the meaning of the words heimlich (homely) or unheimlich can actually enjoy the same meaning, for this class of the uncanny is based around nthing strange or alien, but something which is familiar that has become alienated through the process of repression. … The uncanny is also characterised by a disturbed sense of self. … The uncanny often involves an uncertainty of who one is, and what is being experienced, a disturbing of one’s self, of the borders of the self, what is personal and what is private.’
– Emma Dexter: ‘The Interconnectedness of All Things: Between History, Still Life and the Uncanny.’

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