Defiguration of space

Gough, Tim (2006) Defiguration of space. In: Pekar, Thomas and Onuki, Atsuko, (eds.) Figuration-defiguration. Munich, Germany : Iudicum Verlag. ISBN 3891298846


Defined space � be it in the realm of installation art, film/tv/stage/photography sets, architecture or urban/non-urban space � has a particular location in cultural physiognomy, played out in the question of the extent to which it provides a setting and �spielraum� for other activities (choreography, performance, the �Alltägliche�) and thus remains unthematised; and the extent to which via an intensified gaze these physiognoms become a theme - for media, cartography or a theoretical discourse. It has been argued (cf the work of H-G Gadamer) that an effective discussion of these phenomena can only occur outside the western metaphysical concept of aesthetics and outside the associated problematic of �meaning� � especially meaning considered in literary mode. This implies, simultaneously, a rethinking of meaning in terms of something akin to process, a concept which in turn would be deconstructed alongside that of figure/representation. This paper will investigate such an affirmative deconstruction of space.

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