6 Kas 2008

juxtapositions VIII: still light

Why Not Creating a Situation?

I will be writing a series of posts about “creating situations”. I hope they will sound interesting to you.
The title would seem a bit alien to you at first sight, but it’s actually a term first used by The Situationists, they explain a “Created Situation” as “a moment of life, concretely and deliberately constructed by the collective organization of unitary environment and the free play of events

My interpretation of the idea is that we need to construct situations in order to utilize our feelings and we need them to build our memories, the memories that we can judge our passed lifetime with. In order to come up with an ok judgement, life supposed to be the realization of a meaningful game, which is provoked by our own presence. A main determinant of a situation is time, and the time can be considered as a collection of moments. In other words, situations shares moments which compose the time, and those are the moments which supposed to enrich a progress.
Over and above and more excitingly, every single moment has a different significance and their effects on us are independent from each other. In this respect, It is possible to point out that the countless moments occupying a considerable amount of a lifetime can be less valuable or equal to a single moment in absolute terms.

Here what are the significance of spaces? The space is the stage for all these happenstance and they are one of the elements that create moments, they enrich or trivialize them. The valuation of moments and the spaces are interrelated and their association is mutual. Even though the state decisions construct spaces, the spatial semantics are obtained by the moments of social relations. So it is impossible to consider space and people separately. Singularly they both lose their meanings.

So, what we need is to have more situations, the situations that are not products of a dull social life. We are against of dull spaces that lead us to a numb society; we need moments of sociality created by our free plays, we need our spaces of liberty to have meaningful experiences and we need our experiences to build our memories.

I want things happening around me and me as a part of them.

#paintings by the situationist artist Constant Nieuwenhuis

4 Kas 2008

juxtapositions VII

3 Kas 2008

Spaces of Subconscious: "Being John Malkovich"

Please try to remember all those weird hidden spots where you used to play or try to remember the meanings you gave to spaces of your childhood, which shape the amazing products of imagination like doors to nowhere, corridors to different dimensions, plays under the little table and the huge worlds you built there. Those are the origins of we grown ups' spatial perspective.

Yes the topic is “the spaces of subconscious” and because of its astonishing spatiality, I can’t think of a better example to refer to, “Being john Malkovich” . A company between the 7th and the 8th floors of The Flemmer Building in Manhattan and a supernatural tube that takes people to John Malkovich’s body. how awkward is that!

“6.15 at Malkovich”, that’s how they organize a date. But where is Malkovich? A café, a hotel, a street? No, Malkovich is only a body with conscious but his spatiality enlarges enough to host another lives. I did say “spatiality of a person”, yes.
And that chase scene in Malkovich’s mind, while his subconscious becomes spatial, it transforms into a battleground for two girls. There we see doors, windows, corridors, passages, holes, shutters, namely almost all transition elements of architecture and those create the fluid scenography of Malkovich's life with all its periods. His subconscious has an architectural character and all the events o
f his past are mapped with spatial elements.

Then, now you think about a dream you saw, could it be a different dream if the life you live had a different spatial setup? So, does the spatial visualization capability of subconscious point out that the ones who create spaces can intentionally sneak into our minds?