Non places: Introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity

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“One day, the need for space makes itself felt… It comes to us without warning. And never goes away. The irresistible wish for space of our own. A mobile space which can take us everywhere. A space where everything is to hand and nothing is lacking… Already, space is inside you… You’ve never been so firmly on the ground as you are in (the E)space”…

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  • Anthropological space, historical and contemporary. See also p. 22 .Neither the culture located in the time and space…/
  • The property of symbolic universes is that they constitute a means of recognition, rather than knowledge, for those who have inherited them: p. 33 also P 25, places of memory
  • While we are involved in the doings of our own world, simultaneously, perhaps across the street quite different and contrasting activities may be taking place - many worlds meshing, but our focus usually remains narrowed to the one in front of us - only occasionally do we stumble across another concurrent reality and often only sample it briefly before moving on to our next task, meeting, destination - the trappings of our own reality. Incongruous or disassociated movement lends a certain surreal note to the place, activates it and encourages a question in the mind of the viewer - what is going on here? What was that? So our movement tracks and negotiates the space in a fresh way, hoping to instigate a different kind of energy and usage in these forgotten environments. Subliminal events half-noticed from a distance in the middle of a busy day.  (by the dancer)
  • A new non-space to non-space to be regarded as non-space. Comparison with individualization. p.37 p. 44 (to recognize themselves)
  • "Head Out On the Highway": Anthropological Encounters with the Supermodern by Samuel Collins, American University, Review of: Marc Auge. _Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity_. New York: Verso, 1995.
  • Non places: Introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity

    1. 1. Non placesMarc AugéIntroduction to an anthropology ofsupermodernitySeminar Presentation, October 3, 2012By Shushan Harutyunyan
    2. 2.  “One day, the need for space makes itself felt… It comes to us without warning. And never goes away. The irresistible wish for space of our own. A mobile space which can take us everywhere. A space where everything is to hand and nothing is lacking… Already, space is inside you… You’ve never been so firmly on the ground as you are in (the E)space”…Prologue, Marc Augé, Non-places: Introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity.
    3. 3. So what is non-place? Trevor Young Non-Place, oil on canvas,2011 http://www.trevoryoung.net/
    4. 4. What does make a place to non-place? Trevor Young, Non-Place, oil on canvas,2011 http://www.trevoryoung.net/
    5. 5. Is it possible to Displace a non-space? While activating and displacing a non-space, my kinesthetic rolling is attempting to create a monologue in extreme contrast with the normality of the verbal dialogue shared by the two women talking on the bench. By http://hoststranger.blogspot.hu/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=copwndI7FFE
    6. 6. Questioning non-spaces Common-place VS Non-spaceHotels, supermarket, airport VS Facebook, Twitter, iPod Trevor Young, Non-Place, oil on canvas,2011 http://www.trevoryoung.net/
    7. 7. We do not always dwell in the supermodern, nor, perhaps, will we ever. Rather, we *traverse* *non-place* on our way to the innumerableplaces that make up the sum of our lives; our time spent in the commuter lane on the trans-Atlantic flight is time (and space) *between*.
    8. 8. THANK YOU!

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