Thursday, January 16, 2003

Liminal spaces

From Matt Webb: Question. What do you call the bits between the equilibria in punctuated equilibrium?

My answer: liminal (from Latin limen threshold)

Liminal spaces are the spaces in between, thresholds or transitions from one state or space to another. Also boundaries, beginnings, becomings, and similar forms of cultural transition.

Victor Turner wrote extensively on liminal spaces, or what he called the betwixt-and-between. See also The Anthropology of Performance and The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure (which extends Van Gennep's classic work on Rites of Passage).

For an application to technology, see Sue Broadhurst's Interaction, Reaction and Performance: The human body tracking project.

And for the connections between liminal spaces and virtual spaces, see Rob Shield's The Virtual and Pierre Levy's Qu'est-ce que le virtuel?


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