Project 3 Place in art-Exercise 1 Exploring ‘place’

Place, like time, is difficult to define when it comes down to it. “…there are more concepts of place than actual geographic ones” (Dean & Millar, 2005, p.12)

What does this mean? Sometimes people use place to mean space or location, but as Yi-Fu Tuan points out “When space becomes thoroughly familiar to us, it has become place.” (Dean & Millar, 2005, p.14) accessed 5th May 2016
Notes on ‘Place-The first of all things’ by Dean, T and Millar, J (2005): -accessed 6th May 2016

What do we mean by place? A confusing space, far away. Philosophers have long since tried to grasp its meaning and importance. Its meaning is recognised in almost every area of human activity and also its importance. We as people are expected to know what ‘place’ means. Geographic reasons, locations, territories, places and our homes.

‘Place is a word that is used to describe our relationship to the world around us’

(Page 12,Dean,T, Millar, J (2005)

aesthetic judgement, what people think, what they want.

‘The People’s Choice’ project by Vitaly Komar and Alex Melmaids  found after asking that 11 of the 15 countries asked all made similar painted landscapes as their ‘most wanted’ view. Landscapes are popular and the most recent ideas. bible, classics, paintings in that style. Popular in the western tradition of visual arts.

Mountains, valleys and rivers were not collectively considered ‘landscape’. Landschaft- a collection of dwellings built within an area of cultivated land, surrounded by an unknown and unknowable wilderness. The Dutch translated this into Landschap -An area of land that could be represented by either surveyor or artist, as a map or a painting.

Altered understanding of place has become radical. place is what we engage in, in our everyday lives. Is place man made?

Place is something that is sensed more than understood. Fixed identity, familiar, known, needed. ‘places remember events’- Joyce.

Historical events are often known by the name of the place in which they happened, Auschwitz, Chernobyl, Hiroshima. Place does not dominate over the event. The place gives itself over to the event. God in Hebrew – Makom translates into place. God himself is called a place.

The Woodlanders- Thomas Hardy.- accessed 6th May 2016

Place noted as a space. place/sites differences between place and space and differences between place and site.

Omnipresence- present everywhere at the same time. 6th May 2016

Concept of place within contemporary art. existential anxiety, we retain a strong sense of place even though it is difficult to define.

‘The real voyage of discovery consists in not seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes’


Sense of place-nostalgia, identity, national pride?

Pictures are but experiments.

Fleeting effects,transitory. sense of nation.

 ‘photographing a photograph’

Engagement, representing the past and the present.

Everything is somewhere and in place.

All websites and links accessed 5th/6th May 2016


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