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The Politics of Space. S pace as a text. Spaces & places are readable in the same way any image or other media text can be. They can have more meaning than we think

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s pace as a text
Space as a text
  • Spaces & places are readable in the same way any image or other media text can be. They can have more meaning than we think
  • “He who moves around the city is a kind of reader who following his obligations and movements, appropriates fragments…in order to actualise them in secret” – R Barthes
appropriation of space h lefebvre
Appropriation of space H Lefebvre
  • Space is produced i.e. identified and controlled by users
  • This takes place within and because we operate in a world of power imbalances and dominant ideologies
  • Modernist architecture/ planning creates ‘empty space’
  • This can be appropriated (i.e. taken over)
resistance as liberation
Resistance as liberation
  • Architects, city planners, developers & politicians mould the form of the street but we can control its use!
  • Uses of street shift from business etc to leisure & identity forming
  • People transform the street into their own space = production of space
exploring spaces of status
Exploring spaces of status
  • Uneven Developments (see 2012 Brighton Photo Biennial) explores the rise of ‘border-lands’ where rich and poor contrast
  • Focus on construction of barriers (real or imagined) which create spaces of inequality
  • Comments on continued emergences of globalisation as it fights nature and peoples desire to seek better times

Jason Larkin Cairo Divided

  • Shows new developments against desert backdrops, workers and advertising, all suggesting a sense of division between haves and have-nots

Corrine Silva Badlands

  • Depicts the developing frontier territory of Almeria (Spain onto N Africa) ‘McMansions’ and fake landscapes V immigrant communities that build them

David GoldblattBadlands

  • Explored the inequalities of space in apartheid South Africa
  • In pairs discus spaces you know of both locally and abroad where the actual use differs from the intended use. Is this a form of resistance against the norm? Make plans to photograph this space if possible
  • Individually attempt to photograph some spaces that you think show inequality of space