Entrance:Place – The First of All Things

Even though much of what I read in these few pages of Entrance:Place  – The First of All Things seems very logical and obvious, I hadn’t really given much thought to what the concept of place really means. But I can immediately recognize how true it is that time and place are very connected, simply by thinking up of examples that apply to my own life and past. For example, home is something that is also not tangible but it is connected to the place that you inhabit, the time of your life when you inhabit it and also your memory and feelings that are related to both those themes. All the stories we tell or listen to have these two themes, time and place, very present and I think it is because they help us organize and give sense to our life events and memories.

Notes and phrases of interest

  • Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker
  • “…we must always remember that while we might be lost in place, we would certainly be lost without it.”
  • Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid’s The People’s Choice
  • “(One might even argue that a landscape ceases to exist if there is no one to look upon it.)
  • “A landscape is the land transformed, whether through the physical act of inhabitation or enclosure, clearance or cultivation, or through human perception.”
  • “Saint Augustine’s remark: ‘What, then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks me, I do not know.'”
  • “…place is something more sensed than understood, an indistinct region of awareness rather than something clearly defined.”
  • “Yi-Fu Tuan’s remark…that ‘When space feels throughly familiar to us, it has become place’.”
  • …we can recognize how deeply time has become embedded within place, and might be said to have become one of its dominant characteristics.”

Words to look up

Placial: I assume this means relating to “place” but am unable to find it in any dictionary

Contested: engage in dispute about

The New Oxford American Dictionary, 3rd edition

Bibliography

Dean, T. and Millar, J. (2005) Art Works: Place. London: Thames & Hudson. pp.11-14.

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