Sunday, June 15, 2003

Everyday life as haunted space

"Sound traces, or resonances, are of course not purely temporal, as they set into work the specific acoustics, hence space. Likewise, shadows also mark temporality; for example, the earliest forms of time measurement used the length of shadows to indicate the time of day. However, whereas the relationship between the object and its shadow is relatively immediate and mimetic, the relationship between the sound and its resonance is always necessarily delayed. We need both figures if we are to make sense out of spatialization in cultural analyses and do justice to its im/materiality."

"Embodiment and spatialization are interconnected. It is the ordinary everydayness of being-in-the-world that sets limits to any method of representation ... Yet, flows of temporalization and spatialization can never be gathered in a cumulative sense. The ephemeral nature of everyday life makes full accounting impossible. What we are left with is traces, with which we can create maps and tell stories. Only through an interplay between repetition and deviation can we begin to suggest that there is indeed an integral place; only through differentiation can we deduce from this integrity a sense of direction or fate (flow)."

"The mystique of shadows and resonances lies not in what they hide but in what they reveal ... The enthusiasm one feels when experiencing an existential moment, a moment at which the whole reveals itself in a tiny fragment or flash of light, for example, is of divine nature exactly because it refuses representation and resists being rendered accountable via discursive practices."

Joost van Loon, Social Spatialization and Everyday Life, Space and Culture 5(2), 2002

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