Thursday, November 28, 2002

A space for half-formed thoughts

Via blackbeltjones: Philip Tabor on A space for half-formed thoughts. There is much of value there, but I found it disappointing that this space is (only?) considered as a space of imagination (of cognition without sociality).

Tabor writes of psychologically charged space: constructed by the body; a physical substance, and structured by invisible forces. "In objective, scientific terms this space is a fantasy: it doesn’t describe the space in which real buildings are built. But it does reflect some psychological truth. In some ways real space differs from charged space in the same way that clock time differs from the fluid and discontinuous time we experience in our heads."

What about lived space and social space? When sociologists talk about virtual space, they are able to articulate virtualities - those pragmatic social experiences that take place. By leaving it in the space of the mind we have no way to work with what people do. Tabor describes how "forces within the organism or the building, and the forces outside it, bend and sculpt it into a shape adapted to its current location in time and space." At least some of those forces aren't invisible - they're socially manifest and can be localised in subjects and objects.

Also: more good thoughts on what has come from the Doors Conference at cityofsound.

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