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.
This series of work will explore the distinction between places and non-places, the opposition between place and space.
Non-places are the real measure of our time; one that could be quantified - with the aid of a few conversions between area, volume and distance - by totalling all the air, rail and motorway routes, the mobile cabins called ‘means of transport’ (aircraft, trains, and road vehicles), the airports and railway stations, hotel chains, leisure parks, large retail outlets, and finally the complex skien of cable and wireless networks that mobilise extraterrestrial space for the purposes of a communication so peculiar that it often puts the individual in contact only with another image of himself.
I could go on, but I did stipulate “brief”.
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at this high moment, ability failed my capacity to describe,
—Dante - Paradiso, XXXIII, 142
I will starve to get something across, I mean that. I’ve never settled for second-best in my life. If it doesn’t work, I’ll give it all up.