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1 Place and Non-Place Lecture 3

2 Landscape is a natural scene mediated by culture. It is both a represented and presented space, both a signifier and a signified. WJT Mitchell

3 GENIUS LOCI The unique spirit of place To be human is to live in a world that is filled with significant places: to be human is to have and know your place E Relph (Place and Placelessness)

4 Oliver Bomberg, Courtyard, 1997

5 Thomas Demand, Rolltreppe (escalator), 2000

6 Thomas Demand, Gate, 2004

7 People do not simply locate themselves, they define themselves through a sense of place. Michael Chang Cultural Geography Nathan Coley Villa Savoye 1997

8 MACDONALDLAND In its brightness and its suggestion of fantasy that is not realised, in its superficial gloss to disguise a very ordinary product, in its intimations of adventure and freedom that barely obscure a precise and rigid organisation, and especially in its obvious and seductive appeal for commercial ends. E Relph

9 Brent Cross, London

10 Oklahoma City

11 Little Italy, New York New York, Las Vegas

12 What is non-place? Can non-place be a place?

13 Willie Doherty 2000 Marc Augé, Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, 1995

14 Hong Kong Airport

15 Heathrow Airport

16 Stuttgart Airport Germany Kansai Airport, Osaka Japan I suspect that the airport will be the true city of the 21st century. The great airports of the planet are already suburbs of an invisible world capital … a centripetal city whose population forever circles its notional centre, and will never need to gain access to its dark heart JG Ballard

17 Untitled (Tokyo) Peter Fischli / David Weiss, 1990/2003

18 Carol Rhodes Service Station, 1998 Placelessness

19 Willie Doherty 2000 Oliver Bomberg, Concrete Bridge, 1997

20 Oliver Bomberg, City Tunnel, 1998 Placelessness

21 Mass communication appears to result in a growing uniformity of landscape and a lessening diversity of places by encouraging and transmitting general and standardised tastes and fashions E Relph

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23 Elvira Hufschmid Highway Poem, 2004

24 Jennie Pineus, Head Cocoons and Cocoonchair, 2000

25 Lucy Orta Refuge Wear, 2001

26 Perhaps all this movement blurs our surroundings, like a view from a train window, separating us from them. …is place becoming increasingly dissolved by the developments of the modern world? Is the local vernacular being replaced by international conformity? Are we losing distinct places and places of distinction? Are our most powerful relationships with other places mediated by the screen? Tacita Dean / Jeremy Millar - Place

27 Map Rock Snake River, Idaho Artist and date unknown The real voyage of discovery consists in not seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes Marcel Proust

28 For the Seminar: Choose an image which you feel represents the concept of placelessness or non-place How does this image challenge ideas of place discussed earlier in the programme? Can nowhere also be somewhere? Bring your Critical Notebook and come prepared to discuss your ideas for your essay!


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