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